Musical offering for the twelfth day of Christmas

January 5, 2019

My favorite version of the much-parodied song. If you like music, and suspect that you could get along just fine without a bunch of milkmaids and leaping lords and all that poultry, give this one a try. 


Musical offering for the eleventh day of Christmas

January 4, 2019

Shepherds called by angels,
Called by love and angels.
No place for them but a stable.
My Lord has come.

Sages searching for stars,
Searching for love in heaven.
No place for them but a stable.
My Lord has come.

His love will hold me,
His love will cherish me.
Love will cradle me.

Lead me, lead me to see Him,
Sages and shepherds and angels.
No place for them but a stable.
No place for me but a stable.
My Lord has come.


Musical offering for the tenth day of Christmas

January 3, 2019

What Child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping,
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear; for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you;
Hail, hail, the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh;
Come, peasant, king, to own Him.
The King of kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise the song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby;
Joy, joy, for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.


Musical offering for the ninth day of Christmas

January 2, 2019

All praise to Thee, eternal God,
Who, clothed in garb of flesh and blood,
Dost take a manger for Thy throne,
While worlds on worlds are Thine alone.
Alleluia!

Thou comest in the darksome night
To make us children of the light,
To make us in the realms divine
Like Thine own angels round Thee shine.
Alleluia!

A little child, Thou art our guest,
That weary ones in Thee may rest;
Forlorn and lowly is Thy birth
That we may rise to heaven from earth.
Alleluia! Amen.


Musical offering for the eighth day of Christmas

January 1, 2019

Hail the blest morn when the great Mediator
Down from the regions of glory descend.
Shepherds, go worship the Babe in the manger;
Lo, for His guard the bright angels attend.
Brightest and best of the suns of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;
Star in the east, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our Infant Redeemer is laid.

Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining;
Low lies His bed with the beasts of the stall.
Angels adore Him in slumber reclining;
Maker and Monarch and Savior of all.
Brightest and best of the suns of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;
Star in the east, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our Infant Redeemer is laid.

Say, shall we yield Him in costly devotion
Odors of Edom and offerings divine,
Gems from the mountain, and pearls from the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine?
Brightest and best of the suns of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;
Star in the east, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our Infant Redeemer is laid.


Musical offering for the seventh day of Christmas

December 31, 2018

Green leaves all fallen, withered and dry;
Brief sunset fading, dim winter sky;
Lengthening shadows, dark closing in;
Then through the stillness, carols begin.

Oh fallen world, to you is the song;
Death holds you fast and night tarries long.
Jesus is born, your curse to destroy;
Sweet to your ears, a carol of joy.

Pale moon ascending, solemn and slow;
Cold barren hillside, shrouded in snow;
Deep, empty valley veiled by the night;
Hear angel music, hopeful and bright.

Oh fearful world, to you is the song;
Peace with your God, and pardon for wrong;
Tidings for sinners, burdened and bound,
A carol of joy, a Saviour is found.

Earth wrapped in sorrow, lift up your eyes;
Thrill to the chorus filling the skies;
Look up sad hearted—witness God’s love;
Join in the carol swelling above.

Oh friendless world, to you is the song;
All heaven’s joy to you may belong.
You who are lonely, laden, forlorn,
Now unto you, a Saviour is born.


Musical offering for the sixth day of Christmas

December 30, 2018


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