Scripture Verse

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light. Isaiah 9:2

Introduction

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Martin Luther
(1483–1546)

Words: Mar­tin Lu­ther, Geist­liche Lied­er (Wit­ten­berg, Ger­ma­ny: 1543) (Vom Him­mel kam der En­gel Schaar). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ri­chard Mass­ie, Mar­tin Lu­ther’s Spir­it­u­al Songs, 1854.

Music: Pu­er No­bis Nas­ci­tur, Tri­er man­u­script, 15th Cen­tu­ry. Adapt­ed by Mi­chael Prae­tor­i­us, 1609. Har­mo­ny by George R. Wood­ward, 1910 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Appearance of the Angel to the Shepherds
P. Lagarde, 1891

Lyrics

To shepherds as they watched by night
Appeared a host of angels bright;
Behold the tender Babe, they said,
In yonder lowly manger laid.

At Bethlehem, in David’s town,
As Micah did of old make known;
’Tis Jesus Christ, your Lord and king,
Who doth to all salvation bring.

Oh, then rejoice that through His Son
God is with sinners now at one;
Made like yourselves of flesh and blood,
Your brother is the eternal God.

What harm can sin and death then do?
The true God now abides with you.
Let hell and Satan rage and chafe,
Christ is your brother—ye are safe.

Not one He will or can forsake
Who Him his confidence doth make.
Let all his wiles the tempter try,
You may his utmost powers defy.

Ye shall and must at last prevail;
God’s own ye are, ye cannot fail.
To God forever sing your praise
With joy and patience all your days.