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What Star Is This With Beams So Bright – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 36

The final day of the twelve days of Christmas (and this season of Christmas songs) is also known as Ephiphany.
The focus (principally) seems to be on the visitors who came to honour the one born to be king.
Whether they were kings, wise men, sages, or scholars and whether there were three or more is not the main point.
The main point is that they came from from afar to worship Jesus.

Here’s a song I’ve never featured before (or heard of before) What Star Is This With Beams So Bright translated by John Chandler from the original lyrics of Charles Coffin.

This rendition provides verses 1,2, and 4.

The lyrics:
1
What star is this, with beams so bright,
More lovely than the noonday light?
’Tis sent to announce a newborn King,
Glad tidings of our God to bring.
2
’Tis now fulfilled what God decreed,
“From Jacob shall a star proceed;”
And lo! the eastern sages stand
To read in heav’n the Lord’s command.
3
The guiding star above is bright;
Within them shines a clearer light,
And leads them on with pow’r benign
To seek the Giver of the sign.
4
O Jesus, while the star of grace
Impels us on to seek your face,
Let not our slothful hearts refuse
The guidance of your light to use.
5
To God almighty, heav’nly Light;
To Christ, revealed in splendor bright;
To God the Spirit now we raise
A never ending hymn of praise.


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As With Gladness Men Of Old by King’s College Choir – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 35

This is the second last day of the twelve days of Christmas.
An appropriate choice of song is As With Gladness Men Of Old, with its theme of the visitors from afar who came to honour the birth of the one born to be king.
Somewhat curiously to me, As With Gladness hasn’t had as many contemporary versions recorded as many other Christmas songs.
So, this version by the King’s College Choir is a classic presentation.


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Creator Of The Stars At Night by Marian Grace – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 34

I know that Christmas songs 2019 has stretched into 2020, but there’s only a few more days to go.
There doesn’t seem to be specific observance on January 4, but here’s Creator Of The Stars At Night, as sung by Marian Grace.
As a song it shows how well the themes of Advent and Christmas weave together.


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Jesus, What A Wonderful Child by Sandra McCracken and Friends – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 33

The name of Jesus is the focus during December 3 in the twelve days of Christmas (in some parts of the church).
Sandra McCracken’s version of Jesus, What A Wonderful Child (feat. Cindy Morgan & Gabe Dixon) seems a suitable song for the occasion.

The lyrics:
Refrain 1.
Jesus, Jesus, oh, what a wonderful child
Jesus, Jesus, so lowly, meek and mild
New life, new hope to all He brings
Won’t you listen to the angels sing
Glory, glory, glory
To the newborn King
Refrain 2.
Jesus, Jesus, oh, what a wonderful child
Jesus, Jesus, so lowly, meek and mild
New life, new hope, new joy He brings
Won’t you listen while the angels sing
Glory, glory, glory
To the newborn King
Verse.
It was heralded by the angels
Born in a lowly manger
The virgin Mary chosen as His mother
And Joseph was His earthly father
Three wise men came from afar
They were guided by a shining star
To see the baby where He lay
In a manger filled with hay
Bridge/Tag.
New life, new hope, to all He brings
Won’t you listen to the angels sing
Glory, glory, glory
To the newborn King
Glory, glory, glory
To the newborn King
Glory, glory, glory
To the newborn King

Words and Music: Traditional
Arrangement: Sandra McCracken
© 2019 Integrity Worship Music/Paper News Publishing/ASCAP (adm worldwide at CapitolCMGPublishing.com, excluding the UK & Europe which is adm by Integrity Music)


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St Basil’s Hymn – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 32

January 2 in the twelve days of Christmas, and St Basil (the great) gets a shout out today.

Here’s a rendition of his hymn by some children.
The lyrics are from some pretty Ancient Greek.

There are lots of lovely instrumental versions of the tune around.


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Mary’s Arms by Sandra McCracken – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 31

For New Year’s Day on the days of Christmas we return to Mary and her faithfulness in receiving the blessing God bestowed upon her.
Mary’s Arms by Sandra McCracken.

1.
From the skies above the shepherd’s field
To the rolling moonlit hills
Come and see the signs, the evidence
Of the mercy now revealed
Here the baby rests in tender form
Helpless to survive alone
Here the King, the Savior Christ is born
With a manger for His throne
Refrain.
Now is the time
Songs fill the skies
Redeeming love
A baby child
Resting in Mary’s arms
2.
I will magnify the blessed One
He has done great things for me
Lifted up the lowly from the dust
And set the captives free
Refrain.
Now is the time
Songs fill the skies
Redeeming love
A baby child
Resting in Mary’s arms
Repeat refrain.
Bridge.
He shall become wonderful
He shall become counselor
He shall become mighty God
He shall become Prince of Peace
Repeat bridge.
Expanded refrain.
Now is the time songs fill the skies
Now is the time songs fill the skies
Redeeming love, a baby child
Redeeming love, a baby child
Resting in Mary’s arms

Words and Music: Sandra McCracken.
© 2019 Integrity Worship Music/Paper News Publishing/ASCAP (adm worldwide at CapitolCMGPublishing.com, excluding the UK & Europe which is adm by Integrity Music)


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Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly by Kate Rusby – Christmas Songs 2019 Day 30

New Year’s Eve (or Hogmanay) falls during the twelve days of Christmas.
A carol that refers directly to the change of year is Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly.
I like Kate Rusby’s rendition from 2014’s Angels And Men.
“Fast away the old year passes,
Hail the new, both lads and lasses…”

Blessed New Year everyone.