Scripture Verse

Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:5–7


Martin Luther (1483–1546)

Words: Cae­li­us Se­du­li­us, 5th Cen­tu­ry (A so­lis or­tus car­di­ne). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Ger­man by Mar­tin Lu­ther in Eyn En­chi­ri­di­on (Er­furt, Ger­ma­ny: 1524) (Chris­tum wir soll­en lo­ben schon). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ri­chard Mass­ie, Mar­tin Lu­ther’s Spi­ri­tu­al Songs, 1854.

Music: Chris­tum wir soll­en lo­ben schon Eyn En­chi­ri­di­on (Er­furt, Ger­ma­ny: 1524) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pho­to of Mass­ie (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Now praise we Christ, the Ho­ly One,
The blessed vir­gin Ma­ry’s son,
Far as the glo­ri­ous sun doth shine,
E’en to the world’s re­mote con­fine.

He who Him­self all things did make
A ser­vant’s form vouch­safed to take
That He as man man­kind might win
And save His crea­tures from their sin.

The grace and pow­er of God the Lord
Upon the mo­ther was out­poured;
A vir­gin pure and un­de­filed
In won­drous wise conceived a child.

The ho­ly maid be­came th’abode
And tem­ple of the liv­ing God,
And she, who knew not man, was blest
With God’s own Word made ma­ni­fest.

The no­ble mo­ther bore a son—
For so did Ga­bri­el’s pro­mise run—
Whom John con­fessed and leaped with joy
Ere yet the mo­ther knew her Boy.

Upon a man­ger filled with hay
In po­ver­ty con­tent He lay;
With milk was fed the Lord of all,
Who feeds the ra­vens when they call.

The hea­ven­ly choirs re­joice and raise
Their voice to God in songs of praise.
To hum­ble shep­herds is pro­claimed
The Shep­herd who the world hath framed.

All hon­or un­to Christ be paid,
Pure Off­spring of the fa­vored maid,
With Fa­ther and with Ho­ly Ghost,
Till time in end­less time be lost.