"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.' Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.' When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.' So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told." Luke 2: 8-20
|Two candles have been lit on the Advent Wreath|
Please listen to the YouTube video of this beautiful Christmas Carol below the lyrics.
Now turn with me to number 107 in your hymnals and let's sing:
Angels From the Realms of Glory
James Montgomery, 1771-1854 Henry Smart, 1813-1879
1. Angels, from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o'er all the earth; Ye who sang creation's story, Now proclaim Messiah's birth:
2. Shepherds, in the field abiding, Watching o'er your flocks by night, God with man is now residing; Yonder shines the infant Light:
3. Sages, leave your contemplations, Brighter visions beam afar; Seek the great Desire, of nations; Ye have seen His natal star:
4. Saints, before the altar bending, Watching long in hope and fear, Suddenly the Lord, descending, In His temple shall appear:
Come and worship, Come and worship, Worship Christ the newborn King.
A Special thanks to "Reawaken Hymns" for posting this on YouTube
First of Advent 2013 - Angels We Have Heard on High
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