Lyrics for Christmas Eve Service

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788; alt. by George Whitefield and others
Music: Felix Mendelssohn; arr. by William H. Cummings

  1. Hark! the herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the new born King,
    peace on earth, and mercy mild,
    God and sinners reconciled!”
    Joyful, all ye nations rise,
    join the triumph of the skies;
    with th’ angelic host proclaim,
    “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
    Hark! the herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the new born King!”
  2. Christ, by highest heaven adored;
    Christ, the everlasting Lord;
    late in time behold him come,
    offspring of a virgin’s womb.
    Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
    hail th’ incarnate Deity,
    pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
    Jesus, our Emmanuel.
    Hark! the herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the new born King!”
  3. Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
    Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
    Light and life to all he brings,
    risen with healing in his wings.
    Mild he lays his glory by,
    born that we no more may die,
    born to raise us from the earth,
    born to give us second birth.
    Hark! the herald angels sing,
    “Glory to the new born King!”

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Music: Lewis H. Redner
Tune: ST. LOUIS

  1. O little town of Bethlehem,
    how still we see thee lie;
    above thy deep and dreamless sleep
    the silent stars go by.
    Yet in thy dark streets shineth
    the everlasting light;
    the hopes and fears of all the years
    are met in thee tonight.2. For Christ is born of Mary,
    and gathered all above,
    while mortals sleep, the angels keep
    their watch of wondering love.
  2. O morning stars together,
    proclaim the holy birth,
    and praises sing to God the king,
    and peace to all on earth!
  3. How silently, how silently,
    the wondrous gift is given;
    so God imparts to human hearts
    the blessings of his heaven.
    No ear may hear his coming,
    but in this world of sin,
    where meek souls will receive him, still
    the dear Christ enters in.
  4. O holy Child of Bethlehem,
    descend to us, we pray;
    cast out our sin, and enter in,
    be born in us today.
    We hear the Christmas angels
    the great glad tidings tell;
    o come to us, abide with us,
    our Lord Emmanuel!

Away in a Manger

Text: Anonymous
Music: James R. Murra

  1. Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
    the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
    The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
    the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.
  2. The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
    but little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes;
    I love thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
    and stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

Silent Night, Holy Night

Text: Joseph Mohr
Music: Franz Gruber
Tune: STILLE NACHT

  1. Silent night, holy night,
    all is calm, all is bright
    round yon virgin
    mother and child.
    Holy infant, so tender and mild,
    sleep in heavenly peace,
    sleep in heavenly peace.
  2. Silent night, holy night,
    shepherds quake at the sight;
    glories stream from heaven afar,
    heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
    Christ the Savior is born,
    Christ the Savior is born!
  3. Silent night, holy night,
    Son of God, love’s pure light;
    radiant beams from thy holy face
    with the dawn of redeeming grace,
    Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
    Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
  4. Silent night, holy night,
    wondrous star, lend thy light;
    with the angels let us sing,
    Alleluia to our King;
    Christ the Savior is born,
    Christ the Savior is born!

Joy to the World

Text: Isaac Watts
Music:  G.F. Handel by Lowell Mason
Tune: ANTIOCH

1. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing.
4. He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love.

 

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