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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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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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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


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A Child Will Lead Us All – Christmas (Sunday) Songs Day 10

Something a little different.
A Child Will Lead Us All is an original Advent themed composition by The Orchardist.
The child born in Bethlehem has grown, been crucified, is raised; and leads us home through our ingrafting into him.

The lyrics:
The kingdom’s coming as a seed
Smaller than the eye can see
From wanting eyes to set us free, kingdom come

The kingdom’s coming as the rain
To wash away our castles vain
And cleanse the burdened heart from stain, kingdom come

The kingdom’s coming as a word
The wisest man has never heard
And foolish lips will speak the cure, kingdom come

The kingdom’s coming as a song
Mournful dirge and anthem strong
The cheer the ones who sing it wrong, kingdom come

A child will lead us all home

The kingdom comes from far away
The kingdom has no place to stay
To all who open up the door, kingdom come

The kingdom’s coming to the poor
Sons and daughters of the Lord
And all that’s lost will be restored, kingdom come

The kingdom’s coming as a feast
The finest wine for all the least
We’ll taste the broken bread of peace, kingdom come

The kingdom’s coming slow and true
Till every inch has been made new
And it will ask your life of you, kingdom come

A child will lead us all home


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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 8

Okay, maybe this will be the last version of O Come, O Come Emmuanuel for this year.
Maybe.
Linda Ronstadt provides today’s rendition.