Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

We keep Christmas pretty simple at our house. One tradition we really enjoy during this season is singing hymns about the birth of Christ during daily family worship. Many of them are so theologically rich and worshipful. I think the familiarity makes it all-too-possible for us to not pay close attention to the words. Over the next few Sundays, I'll be highlighting some of our favorite Advent hymns. What are yours?

Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King;
peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinner reconciled!"
Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumphs of the skies;
with th'angelic host proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King."

Christ, by highest heav'n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold him come, offspring of the Virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail th'incarnate Deity,
pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King."
Hail the heav'n-born Price of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, ris'n with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by, born that man no more may die,
born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King."
 Words by Charles Wesley

How glorious that Christ saw fit to humble himself and take on the likeness of man and dwell with us, and through His birth, death, and resurrection, make it possible for men to be reconciled to God!


  1. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

  2. I love O Holy Night!

    And you're right, we hear Christmas music so much that we unfortunately become numb to it's spiritual richness.

  3. Do you people have a facebook fan page? I looked for one on twitter but could not discover one, I would really like to become a fan!

  4. Mary Jo, since becoming a Christian, I notice the meaning of the words to so many of these songs. This one is especially beautiful. Thanks! Love Mom.