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He whom shepherd men came praising

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Quem pastores
In groups:
1
A He whom shepherd men came praising,
B Awed by heaven light a blazing,
C Cheered by angel news amazing:
D King of glory Christ is born!

Nunc angelorum
Choir:
The glorious angels came today
Aglow with light into the night of darkness deep,
To shepherds who by moon's bright ray
Did in the field o'er sheep their silent vigil keep.
"Joy, great joy and tidings glad we bring from heaven resounding,
For you, for you and all the world abounding."

Congregation and choirs:
God's own Son is born a child, is born a child;
God the Father is reconciled, is reconciled!

2
Group:
A He whom sages, westward faring,
B Myrrh and gold and incense bearing.
C Humbly worshiped, offerings sharing:
D Judah's Lion reigns this morn!

Choir:
"God's majesty has come to earth
And sent his only Son to you in humankind;
A chosen virgin gave him birth,
In David's town the holy Infant you will find,
Lying helpless in a manger, poor and bare and lowly,
To set you free from all your sorrow wholly."

All:
God's own Son is born a child, is born a child;
God the Father is reconciled, is reconciled!

3
Group:
A Sing with Mary, maiden mother;
B Laud her Son, our newborn Brother;
C Angel ranks, lead one another,
D Hailing him in holy joy!

Choir:
Then sang the angels this refrain:
"To God on high alone give praise and glory,
And peace on earth again shall reign;
Let all mankind with gladness heed this story
And rejoice in his good will." The Savior came in meekness
For you, for you to bear your flesh in weakness.

All:
God's own Son is born a child, is born a child;
God the Father is reconciled, is reconciled!

4
Group:
A To our King, God ever-reigning,
B Yet of Mary manhood gaining,
C Heavenly gifts for us obtaining,
D Raise your hymns of homage high!

Choir:
The wondering shepherds said, "Behold,
Let us now go with all good speed to Bethlehem
To see this thing the Lord has told.
The cattle leave; he will indeed take care of them."
There they found the Wonder Babe, in lowly swaddling clothes lying,
Though all the world with his free grace supplying.

All:
God's own Son is born a child, is born a child;
God the Father is reconciled, is reconciled!

Source: Worship Supplement #718a

Author: Martin L. Seltz

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