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Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 18

The second Advent themed recording from The Orchardist, courtesy of the Rabbit Room.
Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming.

The Lyrics.
Lo, how a rose e’er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung
Of Jesse’s lineage coming
As men of old have sung

It came a flow’ret bright
Amid the cold of winter
When half-spent was the night

Isaiah ’twas foretold it,
The rose I have in mind
With Mary we behold it,
The virgin mother kind

To show God’s love aright
She bore to men a savior
When half-spent was the night

This flower, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor
The darkness everywhere

True man, yet very God,
From sin and death he saves us
And lightens every load


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Awake Were They Only / Welsh Carol – Christmas (Sunday) Songs 2017 Day 17

What is commonly called the Welsh Carol starts with the words ‘Awake Were They Only, Those Shepherds So Lonely‘.
I’ve been listening to it on a Christmas album by Linda Ronstadt that was released back in 2000.

The Lyrics:
Awake were they only,
Those shepherds so lonely,
On guard in that silence profound;
When colour had faded,
When night-time had shaded
Their senses from sight and from sound.

Lo, then broke a wonder,
Then drifted asunder
The veils from the splendour of God;
When light from the Holy
Came down to the lowly
And heav’n to the earth that they trod.

May light now enfold us,
O Lord, for behold us
Like shepherds, from tumult withdrawn;
Nor hearing, nor seeing,
All other care fleeing,
We wait the ineffable dawn.

O spirit all-knowing,
Thou source overflowing,
O move in the darkness around,
That sight may be in us,
True hearing to win us
Glad tidings where Christ may be found.


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The Lord Is Coming – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 16

The Lord Is Coming by Scott Mulvahill is not a Christmas Carol, but it certainly is an Advent appropriate song.
It’s also pretty cool.


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Labor Of Love – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 15

I’m watching a live-stream of Andrew Peterson and friends performing the Behold The Lamb Of God concert.

What better song to feature today than Labor Of Love.
There are other versions of this on YouTube by other singers, but Peterson’s vocalist of choice is Jill Phillips.
So here it is.


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Heinillä Härkien Kaukalon – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 14

Heinillä Härkien Kaukalon is a Finnish Christmas carol that translates as ‘On the hay, in the bulls’ trough’.
I heard it on an album by Chelsea Moon; the version below is an acapella one by a group called Rajaton.

The lyrics:
1.
Heinillä härkien kaukalon
nukkuu lapsi viaton:
Enkelparven tie kohta luokse vie
rakkautta suurinta katsomaan.
2.
Helmassa äitinsä armahan
nukkuu Poika Jumalan;
Enkelparven tie kohta luokse vie
rakkautta suurinta katsomaan.
3.
Keskellä liljain ja ruusujen
nukkuu Herra ihmisten:
Enkelparven tie kohta luokse vie
rakkautta suurinta katsomaan.
4.
Ristillä rinnalla ryövärin
nukkuu uhri puhtahin:
Enkelparven tie kohta luokse vie
rakkautta suurinta katsomaan.

English translation:
http://lyricstranslate.com/en/heinill%C3%A4-h%C3%A4rkien-kaukalon-hay-bulls-trough.html#ixzz51E9dhXuU
1.
On the hay, in the bulls’ trough
Sleeps an innocent Child.
The path of a flock of angels
Soon leads to Him
To marvel at the greatest Love.
2.
In the hems of the beloved mother
Sleeps the Son of God.
The path of a flock of angels
Soon leads to Him
To marvel at the greatest Love.
3.
In the midst of lilies and roses
Sleeps the Lord of people.
The path of a flock of angels
Soon leads to Him
To marvel at the greatest Love.
4.
At the cross beside a robber
Sleeps the purest Victim.
The path of a flock of angels
Soon leads to Him
To marvel at the greatest Love.


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Song Of Zechariah – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 13

Luke 1: 67-79, also known as Zechariah’s song has been given a number of settings, old and new.
Here’s a version that The Gospel Coalition released a few years ago, sung by Brooks Ritter.
It’s part of a collection of songs based on the Gospel according to Luke.


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Our King Of Peace – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 12

Our King Of Peace is an original song based on Luke 1:46-55 (Mary’s song, the Magnificat) by Wendell Kimbrough.
This video features Kimbrough’s recording of the song set to a most suitable video.

The lyrics:
My soul magnifies the Lord;
My spirit rejoices in God!
My Savior has seen his servant in need,
And behold the great things He has done:

He scatters the proud and rich;
He lifts up the humble and weak.
The kings of the earth,
He casts from their thrones
And the hungry He welcomes to feast.

Oh, behold, my Savior has come!
And my soul will tell of His praise
For He Who is strong has come to the weak
And, at last, He will reign as our King of Peace

From now to the end of time
The nations will know me as blest
For God has made new His promise of love
And mercy through Abraham’s seed

Oh, behold, my Savior has come!
And my soul will tell of His praise
For He Who is strong has come to the weak
And, at last, He will reign as our King

Oh, behold, my Savior has come!
And my soul will tell of His praise
For He Who is strong has come to the weak
And, at last, He will reign as our King of Peace