Scripture Verse

My kingdom is not of this world. John 18:36

Introduction

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Martin Luther
(1483–1546)

Words: Cae­li­us Se­du­li­us, cir­ca 450 (Hos­tis He­rod­es im­pie). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Ger­man by Mar­tin Lu­ther, 1541 (Was fürchtst du Feind He­rod­es sehr). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ri­chard Mass­ie, Mar­tin Lu­ther’s Spir­it­u­al Songs, 1854.

Music: All­mäch­tig­er Gott Jo­hann Crü­ger, 1640 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Slaughter of the Innocents
Jacopo Tintoretto (1518–1594)

Lyrics

Why, Herod, unrelenting foe,
Doth the Lord’s coming move thee so?
He doth no earthly kingdom seek
Who brings His kingdom to the meek.

Led by the star, the wise men find
The Light that lightens all mankind;
The threefold presents which they bring
Declare Him God, and Man, and King.

In Jordan’s sacred waters stood
The meek and heavenly Lamb of God,
And He who did no sin, thereby
Cleansed us from all iniquity!

And now a miracle was done:
Six water pots stood there of stone;
Christ spake the word with power divine,
The water reddened into wine.

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