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# Once in royal David's city

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# Stood a lowly cattle shed

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# Where a mother laid her baby

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# In a manger for his bed

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# Mary was that mother mild

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# Jesus Christ, her little child

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# He came down to earth from heaven

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# Who is God and Lord of all

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# And his shelter was a stable

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# And his cradle was a stall

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# With the poor and mean and lowly

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# Lived on earth, our Saviour holy

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# And through all his wondrous childhood

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# He would honour and obey

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# Love and watch the lowly maiden

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# In whose gentle arms he lay

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# Christian children all must be

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# Mild, obedient, good as he

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# For he is our childhood's pattern

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# Day by day, like us he grew

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# He was little, weak and helpless

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# Tears and smiles, like us he knew

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# And he feeleth for our sadness

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# And he shareth in our gladness

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# And our eyes at last shall see him

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# Through his own redeeming love

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# For that child, so dear and gentle

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# Is our Lord in heaven above

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# And he leads his children on

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# To the place where he is gone

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# Not in that poor lowly stable

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# With the oxen standing by

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# We shall see him, but in heaven

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# Set at God's right hand on high

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# When like stars his children crowned

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# All in white shall wait around. #

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We gather today to celebrate the birth of the Christ child,

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God's gift of love to the world,

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and to celebrate that good news with joy and delight.

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As we trace the familiar stories in scripture and poetry,

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we ponder in our hearts what the gift at the centre of all this means

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and what it requires of us.

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The faith we celebrate at Christmas is that God is with us as friend,

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companion and saviour.

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A friend who brings the fullness of God's grace

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into the realities of flesh and blood.

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A companion who shares our pain and distress.

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And a saviour who heals our wounds and transforms our fears into hope.

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As we celebrate Christmas,

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we rejoice that God in Christ shares our life,

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healing and reconciling us through his endless gift of love.

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# On Christmas night all Christians sing

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# To hear the news the angels bring

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# On Christmas night all Christians sing

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# To hear the news the angels bring

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# News of great joy News of great mirth

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# News of our merciful King's birth

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# Then why should men on earth be so sad

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# Since our Redeemer made us glad?

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# Then why should men on earth be so sad

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# Since our Redeemer made us glad?

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# When from our sin he set us free

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# All for to gain our liberty?

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# When sin departs before his grace

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# Then life and health come in its place

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# When sin departs before his grace

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# Then life and health come in its place

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# Angels and men with joy may sing

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# All for to see the newborn King

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# All out of darkness we have light

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# Which made the angels sing this night

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# All out of darkness we have light

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# Which made the angels sing this night

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# "Glory to God and peace to men

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# "Now and forevermore

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# "Evermore, amen." #

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The angel Gabriel brings glad tidings to Mary.

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And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God

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unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

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to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph,

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of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary.

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And the angel came in unto her and said,

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"Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee.

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"Blessed art thou among women."

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And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying

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and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

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And the angel said unto her,

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"Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favour with God.

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"And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb

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"and bring forth a son and shalt call his name Jesus.

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"He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest,

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"and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.

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"And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever.

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"And of his kingdom, there shall be no end."

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Then said Mary unto the angel,

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"How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?"

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And the angel answered and said unto her,

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"The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee

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"and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee.

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"Therefore, also, that holy thing which shall be born of thee

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"shall be called the Son of God.

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"And behold, my cousin Elisabeth,

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"she hath also conceived a son in her old age,

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"and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

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"For with God nothing shall be impossible."

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And Mary said, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

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"Be it unto me according to thy word."

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And the angel departed from her.

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Thanks be to God.

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# The angel Gabriel from heaven came

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# His wings as drifted snow

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# His eyes as flame

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# "All hail," said he, "thou lowly maiden, Mary

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# "Most highly favoured lady

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# "Gloria

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# "For known a blessed mother thou shalt be

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# "All generations laud and honour thee

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# "Thy son shall be Emmanuel by seers foretold

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# "Most highly favoured lady

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# "Gloria"

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# Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head

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# "To me be as it pleaseth God," she said

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# "My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name

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# "Most highly favoured lady

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# "Gloria"

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# Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ was born

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# In Bethlehem all on a Christmas morn

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# And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say

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# "Most highly favoured lady

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# "Gloria" #

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# A spotless rose is blowing

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# Sprung from a tender root

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# Of ancient seers' foreshowing

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# Of Jesse promised fruit

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# Its fairest bud unfolds to light

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# Amid the cold, cold winter

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# And in the dark midnight

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-# The rose which I am singing

-A spotless rose

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-# Whereof Isaiah said

-Is blowing

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-# Is from its sweet root springing

-Sprung from a tender root

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-# In Mary, purest maid

-Sprung from a tender root

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# For through our God's great love and might

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# Its bud unfolds

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-# The blessed babe she bare us

-In the dark midnight

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-# In a cold, cold winter's night

-In the dark midnight

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# The rose which I am singing

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# Whereof Isaiah said

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# Is from its sweet root springing

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# In Mary, purest maid

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# For through our God's great love and might

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# The blessed babe she bare us

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# In a cold, cold winter's night. #

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Mary visits her cousin Elisabeth.

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Mary arose in those days

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and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda,

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and entered into the house of Zacharias and saluted Elisabeth.

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And it came to pass,

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that when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary,

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the babe leaped in her womb

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and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.

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And she spake out with a loud voice and said,

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"Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb."

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"And whence is this to me,

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"that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

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"For lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears,

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"the babe leaped in my womb for joy."

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And blessed is she that believed,

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for there shall be a performance of those things

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that were told her from the Lord.

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And Mary said, "My soul doth magnify the Lord

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"and my spirit hath rejoiced in God, my Saviour.

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"For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.

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"For behold, from henceforth, all generations shall call me blessed.

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"For he that is mighty hath done to me great things

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"and holy is his name.

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"And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

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"He hath showed strength with his arm.

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"He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

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"He hath put down the mighty from their seats

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"and exalted them of low degree.

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"He hath filled the hungry with good things

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"and the rich he hath sent empty away.

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"He hath helped his servant Israel in remembrance of his mercy,

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"as he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever."

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And Mary abode with her about three months

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and returned to her own house.

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Thanks be to God.

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# In heaven stood a linden tree

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# With pure white flowers laden

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# Yet not a bloom was fair as she

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# Sweet Mary, chosen maiden

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-# Great Gabriel, God's angel bright

-Great Gabriel, God's angel bright

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-# From high above came winging

-From high above came winging

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# To one, the purest in God's sight

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# A joyful message bringing

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# Hail, Mary, blessed virgin mild

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# With God you have found favour

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# You shall conceive and bear a child

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# To all the world a Saviour

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# "My soul does magnify the Lord!

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# "I am His servant lowly

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# "Be all according to His word"

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# Said Mary, meek and holy

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# Away the angels flew to share

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# The news of Mary's duty

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# And heav'n rejoiced that she would bear

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# The blossom of all beauty

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# The blossom of all beauty. #

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UNACCOMPANIED TREBLES AND ALTOS: # There is no rose

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# Of such virtue

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# As is the rose

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# That bare Jesu

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# Alleluia

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-# For in this rose contained was

-For in this rose contained was

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-# Heav'n and earth

-Heav'n and earth

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# In little space

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# Res miranda

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# By that rose

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# We may well see

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# There be one God

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# In Persons Three

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# Pares forma

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TREBLES AND ALTOS: # Then leave we all

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# This worldly mirth

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# And follow we

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# This joyous birth

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ALL: # Transeamus. #

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Mary's son is born in Bethlehem.

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And it came to pass, in those days,

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that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus

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that all the world should be taxed.

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And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city.

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And Joseph also went up from Galilee,

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out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea,

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unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem,

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because he was of the house and lineage of David -

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to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child.

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And so it was that, while they were there,

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the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

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And she brought forth her first-born son,

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and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,

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and laid him in a manger,

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because there was no room for them in the inn.

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Thanks be to God.

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# Away in a manger

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# No crib for a bed

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# The little Lord Jesus

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# Laid down His sweet head

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# The stars in the bright sky

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# Looked down where He lay

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# The little Lord Jesus

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# Asleep on the hay

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# The cattle are lowing

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# The baby awakes

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# But little Lord Jesus

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# No crying He makes

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# I love Thee, Lord Jesus

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# Look down from the sky

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# And stay by my side

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# Until morning is nigh

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# Be near me, Lord Jesus

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# I ask Thee to stay

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# Close by me forever

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# And love me, I pray

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# Bless all the dear children

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# In Thy tender care

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# And fit us for heaven

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# To live with Thee there. #

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# The holly and the ivy When they are both full grown

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# Of all the trees that are in the wood

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# The holly bears the crown

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# Oh, the rising of the sun The running of the deer

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# The playing of the organ Sweet singing in the choir

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# Sweet singing in the choir

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# The holly bears a prickle as sharp as any thorn

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# And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ on Christmas Day in the morn

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# Oh, the rising of the sun The running of the deer

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# The playing of the organ Sweet singing in the choir

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# Sweet singing in the choir

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# The holly bears a bark as bitter as any gall

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# And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ for to redeem us all

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# Oh, the rising of the sun The running of the deer

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# The playing of the organ Sweet singing in the choir

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# Sweet singing in the choir

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# The holly and the ivy when they are both full grown

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# Of all the trees that are in the wood

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# The holly bears the crown

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# Oh, the rising of the sun The running of the deer

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# The playing of the organ

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# Sweet singing

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# Sweet singing

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# Sweet singing in the choir. #

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# God rest you merry, gentlemen

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# Let nothing you dismay

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# For Jesus Christ our Saviour

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# Was born upon this day

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# To save us all from Satan's power

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# When we were gone astray

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# O tidings of comfort and joy

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# Comfort and joy

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# O tidings of comfort and joy

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# From God our heavenly Father

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# A blessed angel came

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# And unto certain shepherds

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# Brought tidings of the same

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# How that in Bethlehem was born

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# The Son of God by name

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# O tidings of comfort and joy

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# Comfort and joy

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# O tidings of comfort and joy

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# But when to Bethlehem they came

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# Whereat this infant lay

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# They found Him in a manger

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# Where oxen feed on hay

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# His mother, Mary, kneeling

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# Unto the Lord did pray

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# O tidings of comfort and joy

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# Comfort and joy

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# O tidings of comfort and joy

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-# Now to the Lord sing praises

-Ah-ah-ah-ah

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-# All you within this place

-Ah-ah-ah-ah

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-# And with true love and brotherhood

-Ah-ah-ah-ah

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-# Each other now embrace

-Ah-ah-ah-ah

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-# This holy tide of Christmas

-Ah-ah-ah-ah

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-# All others doth deface

-Ah-ah-ah

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ALL: # O tidings of comfort and joy

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# Comfort and joy

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# O tidings of comfort and joy. #

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In her poem Christmas Eve,

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Christina Rossetti invites the whole of creation

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to celebrate the birth of Christ.

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Christmas hath darkness

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Brighter than the blazing noon

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Christmas hath a chillness

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Warmer than the heat of June

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Christmas hath a beauty

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Lovelier than the world can show

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For Christmas bringeth Jesus

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Brought for us so low.

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Earth, strike up your music

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Birds that sing and bells that ring

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Heaven hath answering music

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For all Angels soon to sing

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Earth, put on your whitest

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Bridal robe of spotless snow

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For Christmas bringeth Jesus

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Brought for us so low.

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# We stood on the hills, Lady

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# Our day's work done

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# Watching the frosted meadows

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-# That winter had won

-Calm

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# Calm

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-# The evening was calm, Lady

-Calm, calm

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# The air so still

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-# Silence more lovely than music

-Silence

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-# Folded the hill

-Silence... #

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ALL HUM

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# There was a star, Lady

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# Shone in the night

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# Larger than Venus it was

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# And bright, so bright

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# Oh, a voice from the sky, Lady

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# It seemed to us then

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-# Telling of God being born

-Of God being born

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-# In the world of men

-Lady, Lady... #

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ALL HUM

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# And so we have come, Lady

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# Our day's work done

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# Our love, our hopes, ourselves

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-# We give to your Son

-Lady, Lady. #

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ALL HUM

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ALL HUM FINAL SUSTAINED NOTE

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# O holy night

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# The stars are brightly shining

0:37:540:37:58

# It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth

0:37:580:38:06

# Long lay the world

0:38:080:38:12

# In sin and error pining

0:38:120:38:16

# Till He appeared

0:38:160:38:18

# And the soul felt its worth

0:38:180:38:24

# A thrill of hope

0:38:240:38:27

# The weary world rejoices

0:38:270:38:31

# For yonder breaks

0:38:310:38:34

# A new and glorious morn

0:38:340:38:38

# Fall on your knees

0:38:380:38:44

# Oh, hear the angel voices

0:38:440:38:52

-# O night divine

-O night divine

0:38:520:38:58

-# O night when Christ was born

-O night when Christ was born

0:38:580:39:05

# O night divine

0:39:050:39:06

-# O night divine

-O night divine

0:39:060:39:10

# O night, O night divine

0:39:120:39:19

# Led by the light

0:39:300:39:33

-# Of faith serenely beaming

-A-a-ah

0:39:330:39:37

# With glowing hearts

0:39:370:39:39

-# By His cradle we stand

-A-a-ah

0:39:390:39:43

# By His cradle we stand

0:39:430:39:47

-# So, led by light

-Ah

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-# Of a star sweetly gleaming

-A-a-ah

0:39:510:39:55

-# Here came the wise men from the Orient land

-A-a-ah

0:39:550:40:01

# The Orient land

0:40:010:40:03

-# The King of Kings

-The King of Kings

0:40:030:40:06

-# Lay thus in lowly manger

-Lay in lowly manger

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-# In all our trials

-Lay in lowly manger

0:40:100:40:14

-# Born to be our friend

-Our friend

0:40:140:40:17

-# He knows our need

-A-a-ah

0:40:170:40:23

-# To our weakness no stranger

-A-a-ah

0:40:230:40:31

-# Behold your King

-Behold, behold your King

0:40:310:40:38

-# Before Him lowly bend

-Before Him lowly bend

0:40:380:40:45

-# Behold your King

-Behold your King

0:40:450:40:52

-# Your King

-Your King

0:40:520:40:55

# Before Him bend

0:40:550:40:59

# Truly He taught us

0:41:080:41:11

# To love one another

0:41:110:41:16

# His law is love and His Gospel is peace

0:41:160:41:23

# Chains shall He break

0:41:250:41:28

# For the slave is our brother

0:41:280:41:32

# And in His name

0:41:320:41:34

# All oppression shall cease

0:41:340:41:39

# Sweet hymns of joy

0:41:390:41:43

# In grateful chorus raise we

0:41:430:41:47

# Let all within us

0:41:470:41:50

# Praise His holy name

0:41:500:41:54

# Christ is the Lord

0:41:540:42:01

# Then ever, ever praise we

0:42:010:42:08

# His power and glory

0:42:080:42:14

# Ever, evermore proclaim

0:42:140:42:21

-# His power and glory

-His power and glory

0:42:210:42:28

# Evermore proclaim. #

0:42:280:42:37

Like the altarpiece of this chapel,

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Christopher Pilling's poem The Meeting Place

0:43:190:43:23

is an invitation to wonder at the Adoration of the Magi.

0:43:230:43:27

It was the arrival of the kings that caught us unawares.

0:43:300:43:35

We'd looked in on the woman in the barn,

0:43:350:43:38

curiosity you could call it,

0:43:380:43:40

something to do on a cold winter's night.

0:43:400:43:42

We'd wished her well -

0:43:440:43:45

that was the best we could do.

0:43:450:43:48

She was in pain.

0:43:480:43:50

And the next thing we knew,

0:43:500:43:52

she was lying on the straw - the little there was of it -

0:43:520:43:57

and there was this baby in her arms.

0:43:570:44:00

It was, as I say, the kings that caught us unawares.

0:44:020:44:06

Women have babies every other day,

0:44:070:44:11

not that we are there.

0:44:110:44:12

Let's call it a common occurrence though, giving birth.

0:44:120:44:19

But kings appearing in a stable with a "Is this the place?"

0:44:190:44:25

And kneeling, each with his gift held out towards the child!

0:44:250:44:30

They didn't even notice us.

0:44:330:44:36

Their robes trailed on the floor,

0:44:360:44:38

rich, lined robes that money couldn't buy.

0:44:380:44:43

What must this child be

0:44:440:44:47

to bring kings from distant lands

0:44:470:44:50

with costly incense and gold?

0:44:500:44:53

What would a tiny baby make of that?

0:44:550:44:57

And what were we to make of -

0:44:580:45:01

was it angels falling through the air,

0:45:010:45:04

entwined and falling as if from the rafters

0:45:040:45:10

to where the gaze of the kings met the child's -

0:45:100:45:14

assuming the child could see?

0:45:140:45:17

What would the mother do with the gift?

0:45:190:45:21

What would become of the child?

0:45:220:45:24

And we'll never admit there are angels...

0:45:260:45:29

..or that somewhere between one man's eyes and another's

0:45:300:45:34

is a holy place, a space where a king could be

0:45:340:45:39

at one with a naked child,

0:45:390:45:42

at one with an astonished soldier.

0:45:420:45:45

# We three kings of Orient are

0:46:160:46:19

# Bearing gifts we traverse afar

0:46:190:46:23

# Field and fountain Moor and mountain

0:46:230:46:26

# Following yonder star

0:46:260:46:28

# O star of wonder, star of night

0:46:280:46:32

# Star with royal beauty bright

0:46:320:46:36

# Westward leading, still proceeding

0:46:360:46:39

# Guide us to thy perfect light

0:46:390:46:43

# Born a King on Bethlehem plain

0:46:430:46:47

# Gold I bring to crown Him again

0:46:470:46:50

# King forever, ceasing never

0:46:500:46:53

# Over us all to reign

0:46:530:46:56

# O star of wonder, star of night

0:46:560:47:00

# Star with royal beauty bright

0:47:000:47:03

# Westward leading, still proceeding

0:47:030:47:07

# Guide us to thy perfect light

0:47:070:47:11

# Frankincense to offer have I

0:47:110:47:14

# Incense owns a Deity nigh

0:47:140:47:18

# Prayer and praising All men raising

0:47:180:47:21

# Worship Him God Most High

0:47:210:47:24

# O star of wonder, star of night

0:47:240:47:28

# Star with royal beauty bright

0:47:280:47:32

# Westward leading, still proceeding

0:47:320:47:35

# Guide us to thy perfect light

0:47:350:47:39

# Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume

0:47:390:47:43

# Breathes a life of gathering gloom

0:47:430:47:46

# Sorrowing, sighing Bleeding, dying

0:47:460:47:51

# Sealed in a stone-cold tomb

0:47:510:47:54

# O star of wonder, star of night

0:47:540:47:58

# Star with royal beauty bright

0:47:580:48:02

# Westward leading, still proceeding

0:48:020:48:05

# Guide us to thy perfect light

0:48:050:48:10

# Glorious now behold Him arise

0:48:100:48:14

# King and God and sacrifice

0:48:140:48:18

# Alleluia! Alleluia!

0:48:180:48:22

# Earth to Heaven replies

0:48:220:48:25

# O star of wonder, star of night

0:48:250:48:31

# Star with royal beauty bright

0:48:310:48:36

# Westward leading, still proceeding

0:48:360:48:41

# Guide us to thy perfect light. #

0:48:410:48:51

# Night has come to Bethlehem

0:49:270:49:32

# The family is asleep

0:49:320:49:39

# Exhausted by the wonders seen

0:49:390:49:45

# The news outrageous, deep

0:49:450:49:51

# That I may come and worship him

0:49:510:49:57

# That I may come and worship him

0:49:570:50:04

# That I may come and worship him

0:50:040:50:09

# Ox and ass have closed their eyes

0:50:090:50:14

# Their ears now hear no sound

0:50:140:50:22

# Shepherds have gone back to their flocks

0:50:220:50:27

# The mouse still noses around

0:50:270:50:35

# That I may come and worship him

0:50:350:50:40

# That I may come and worship him

0:50:400:50:49

# Kings have left for their distant lands

0:50:510:50:56

# Fractious camels moan

0:50:560:51:00

# At a desert spring they make their farewells

0:51:000:51:05

# It's a mighty way to home

0:51:050:51:10

# That I may come and worship him

0:51:100:51:15

# That I may come and worship him

0:51:150:51:20

# Later that night their heads are filled

0:51:300:51:34

# With a dream-drenched holy ray

0:51:340:51:39

# "Do not return to Herod the king

0:51:390:51:42

# "Go back another way"

0:51:420:51:47

# That I may come and worship him

0:51:470:51:52

# That I may come and worship him

0:51:520:51:59

-# And so our Christ is saved from death

-Ah-ah, ah-ah

0:52:040:52:07

# His mission to complete

0:52:070:52:09

# To change the world by selfless love

0:52:090:52:15

# Satan's legions Satan's legions

0:52:190:52:23

# Satan's legions to beat! #

0:52:230:52:26

Joseph, Mary and Jesus flee as refugees to Egypt.

0:52:390:52:44

And when they were departed, behold,

0:52:450:52:49

the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying,

0:52:490:52:54

"Arise, and take the young child and his mother,

0:52:540:52:59

"and flee into Egypt,

0:52:590:53:01

"and be thou there until I bring thee word -

0:53:010:53:05

"for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him."

0:53:050:53:09

When he arose,

0:53:110:53:13

he took the young child and his mother by night,

0:53:130:53:16

and departed into Egypt -

0:53:160:53:19

and was there until the death of Herod.

0:53:190:53:22

That it might be fulfilled,

0:53:220:53:24

which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

0:53:240:53:29

"Out of Egypt have I called my son."

0:53:290:53:32

Thanks be to God.

0:53:340:53:36

# Jerusalem, rejos for joy

0:53:520:53:58

# Jesus, the sterne of most beauty

0:53:580:54:02

# In thee is rissin as richtous roy

0:54:020:54:07

# Fro dirkness to illumine thee

0:54:070:54:11

# With glorious sound of angel glee

0:54:110:54:15

# Thy Prince is born in Bethlehem

0:54:150:54:20

# Which sall thee mak of thralldome free

0:54:200:54:24

# Illuminare

0:54:240:54:27

# Jerusalem

0:54:280:54:32

# With angellis licht in legionis

0:54:330:54:39

# Thou art illuminit all about

0:54:390:54:43

# Three kingis of strange regionis

0:54:430:54:48

# To thee are cumin with lusty rout

0:54:480:54:53

# All drest with dyamantis

0:54:530:54:57

# Reverst with gold in ev'ry hem

0:54:570:55:02

# Sounding attoneis with a shout

0:55:020:55:06

# Illuminare

0:55:060:55:08

# Jerusalem

0:55:090:55:14

# The regeand tirrant that in thee rang

0:55:150:55:19

# Herod is exileit and his offspring

0:55:190:55:23

# The land of Juda that josit wrang

0:55:230:55:28

# And rissin is now thy richtous King

0:55:280:55:32

# So He so mychtie is and digne

0:55:320:55:36

-# When men His glorious name does nem

-Does nem

0:55:360:55:42

# Heaven, erd and hell makis inclyning

0:55:420:55:47

# Illuminare

0:55:470:55:49

# Jeru-u-usalem. #

0:55:510:55:59

# Thou must leave thy lowly dwelling

0:56:140:56:20

# The humble crib, the stable bare

0:56:200:56:27

# Babe, all mortal babes excelling

0:56:270:56:33

# Content our earthly lot to share

0:56:330:56:40

# Loving father

0:56:400:56:44

# Loving mother

0:56:440:56:47

# Shelter Thee with tender care

0:56:470:56:55

# Loving father

0:56:550:56:59

# Loving mother

0:56:590:57:03

# Shelter Thee with tender care

0:57:030:57:10

# Shelter Thee with tender care

0:57:100:57:18

# Blessed Jesus, we implore Thee

0:57:240:57:31

# With humble love and holy fear

0:57:310:57:39

# In the land that lies before Thee

0:57:390:57:45

# Forget not us who linger here

0:57:450:57:53

# May the shepherd's lowly calling

0:57:530:57:59

# Ever to Thy heart be dear

0:57:590:58:08

# May the shepherd's lowly calling

0:58:080:58:15

# Ever to Thy heart be dear

0:58:150:58:23

# Ever to Thy heart be dear

0:58:240:58:32

# Blest are ye beyond all measure

0:58:390:58:47

# Thou happy father, mother mild

0:58:470:58:54

# Guard ye well your heavenly treasure

0:58:540:59:01

# The Prince of Peace, the holy Child

0:59:010:59:09

# God go with you

0:59:090:59:13

# God protect you

0:59:130:59:16

# Guide you safely through the wild

0:59:160:59:25

# God go with you

0:59:250:59:29

# God protect you

0:59:290:59:33

# Guide you safely through the wild

0:59:330:59:41

# Guide you safely through the wild. #

0:59:410:59:51

St John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation.

1:00:181:00:23

In the beginning was the Word,

1:00:251:00:28

and the Word was with God,

1:00:281:00:30

and the Word was God.

1:00:301:00:32

The same was in the beginning with God.

1:00:341:00:37

All things were made by Him,

1:00:371:00:39

without Him was not anything made that was made.

1:00:391:00:44

In Him was life and the life was the light of men.

1:00:441:00:48

And the light shineth in darkness,

1:00:481:00:52

and the darkness comprehended it not.

1:00:521:00:56

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

1:00:591:01:02

The same came for a witness,

1:01:021:01:04

to bear witness of the Light,

1:01:041:01:07

that all men through him might believe.

1:01:071:01:10

He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

1:01:101:01:16

That was the true Light,

1:01:171:01:19

which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

1:01:191:01:22

He was in the world, and the world was made by him,

1:01:241:01:28

and the world knew him not.

1:01:281:01:31

He came unto his own

1:01:321:01:34

and his own received him not.

1:01:341:01:39

But as many as received him,

1:01:401:01:42

to them gave he power to become the sons of God,

1:01:421:01:47

even to them that believe on his name -

1:01:471:01:50

which were born, not of blood,

1:01:501:01:54

nor of the will of the flesh,

1:01:541:01:57

nor of the will of man, but of God.

1:01:571:02:02

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,

1:02:031:02:08

and we beheld his glory,

1:02:081:02:11

the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,

1:02:111:02:15

full of grace and truth.

1:02:151:02:19

Thanks be to God.

1:02:211:02:23

# O magnum mysterium

1:02:321:02:51

# O magnum mysterium

1:02:511:03:03

# Et admirabile

1:03:031:03:09

# Sacramentum

1:03:091:03:15

# Ut animalia

1:03:151:03:24

# Viderent

1:03:241:03:28

# Et admirabile

1:03:281:03:43

# Sacramentum

1:03:431:03:55

# O magnum mysterium

1:03:571:04:11

# O magnum mysterium

1:04:111:04:24

# Ut animalia

1:04:241:04:27

# Viderent Dominum

1:04:271:04:33

# Ut animalia

1:04:331:04:45

# Viderent Dominum

1:04:451:04:54

# Natum

1:04:541:04:59

# Iacentem in praesepio!

1:05:011:05:10

# Beata Virgo

1:05:101:05:22

# Cujus viscera

1:05:221:05:28

# Meruerunt

1:05:281:05:31

# Beata Virgo

1:05:311:05:43

# Portare Dominum

1:05:431:05:51

# Iesum

1:05:511:05:55

# Alleluia

1:05:551:06:01

# O magnum mysterium

1:06:011:06:10

# Alleluia

1:06:101:06:17

# O magnum mysterium

1:06:171:06:24

# Et admirabile

1:06:241:06:29

# Sacramentum

1:06:291:06:35

# Ut animalia

1:06:351:06:47

# Viderent Dominum

1:06:471:06:56

# Natum

1:06:561:07:01

# Iacentem in praesepio!

1:07:031:07:10

# Alleluia

1:07:101:07:17

# Alleluia

1:07:171:07:21

# Alleluia

1:07:211:07:33

# Allelu

1:07:331:07:35

# Alleluia. #

1:07:351:07:59

Christ, who by his incarnation

1:08:051:08:09

gathered into one things earthly and heavenly,

1:08:091:08:13

fill you with peace and goodwill

1:08:131:08:16

and make you partakers of the divine nature.

1:08:161:08:20

And the blessing of God Almighty,

1:08:221:08:24

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

1:08:241:08:28

be upon you and remain with you always.

1:08:281:08:32

-Amen. ALL:

-Amen.

1:08:331:08:35

# O come all ye faithful

1:08:591:09:06

# Joyful and triumphant

1:09:061:09:11

# O come ye

1:09:111:09:13

# O come ye to Bethlehem

1:09:131:09:22

# Come and behold Him

1:09:221:09:27

# Born the King of angels

1:09:271:09:32

# O come, let us adore Him!

1:09:321:09:38

# O come, let us adore Him!

1:09:381:09:43

# O come, let us adore Him

1:09:431:09:50

# Christ the Lord!

1:09:501:09:55

# God of God

1:09:561:10:02

# Light of light

1:10:021:10:07

# Lo! He abhors not the virgin's womb

1:10:071:10:18

# Very God

1:10:181:10:22

# Begotten, not created

1:10:221:10:28

# O come, let us adore Him!

1:10:281:10:33

# O come, let us adore Him!

1:10:331:10:39

# O come, let us adore Him

1:10:391:10:45

# Christ the Lord!

1:10:451:10:51

# Sing, choirs of angels

1:10:521:10:58

# Sing in exultation

1:10:581:11:04

# Sing, all ye citizens of heav'n above

1:11:041:11:15

# Glory to God in the highest

1:11:151:11:25

# O come, let us adore Him!

1:11:251:11:31

# O come, let us adore Him!

1:11:311:11:37

# O come, let us adore Him

1:11:371:11:43

# Christ the Lord!

1:11:431:11:50

# Yea, Lord, we greet Thee

1:11:521:11:58

# Born this happy morning

1:11:581:12:04

# Jesus, to Thee be glory giv'n!

1:12:041:12:15

# Word of the Father

1:12:161:12:21

# Now in flesh appearing

1:12:211:12:27

# O come, let us adore Him

1:12:271:12:33

# O come, let us adore Him

1:12:331:12:39

# O come, let us adore Him

1:12:391:12:46

# Christ the Lord. #

1:12:461:12:57

ORGAN PLAYS RECESSIONAL

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A solo chorister sings Once in Royal David's City to begin the traditional celebration of Christmas from the candlelit Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

The world-famous choir, directed by Stephen Cleobury, sings a glorious selection of carols, including the Sussex Carol (arr. Ledger), O Holy Night (arr. Rutter), Away in a Manger (arr. Willcocks) and O Magnum Mysterium (Lauridsen).

The Christmas story is told in the words of the King James Bible and in poems by Christina Rossetti and Christopher Pilling.


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