Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mom's Favorite Christmas Carol

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’” Luke 2:13-14

Angels From the Realms of Glory
by James Montgomery

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.

Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant light:

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen His natal star.

Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear.

Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you; break your chains.

Though an Infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne,
Gather all the nations to Him;
Every knee shall then bow down:

All creation, join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising
To th’eternal Three in One.

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.


Frances said...

Kati, I have just read all of these words and I am so moved by them. I don't think I'm familiar with the verse about repentance. How powerful! Thank you for sharing this wonderful hymn. I love it.

Kristin said...

Yeah, this is a good one!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for sharing my favorite, Kati! It is the entire Christmas/gospel story in one beautiful song. (And it helps that the tune is lovely too. :-)
Frances, I don't think that the fifth verse is in most hymnals, but I agree with you...these words are so powerful!