Monday, December 24, 2012

Lessons and Carols, 9: Happy Christmas Morning!

Changing up the order to allow the joyous Christmas morning hymn to immediately follow the reading. Happy Christmas!

Ninth Carol: In dulci jubilo
text:14th century, Latin and German (attributed Heinrich Suso)
Let me encourage you to click the text link to see the original text and the English translation.
You may wait until after presents are opened. 
music: combined settings by JS Bach and 2 Praetoriuses

Ninth Lesson: John 1:1-14

Ninth Hymn: O Come, All Ye Faithful
As Walter Wangerin started all this last Monday,  we'll use as a benediction words from his Christmas Eve devotional:
On this night it all comes true.
Every song receives its meaning.
All promises are kept.
The Lord of glory makes a doorway
Of the Virgin's tender flesh,
And comes, and slumbers in a creche.
Walter Wangerin, Jr. Preparing for Jesus (Zondervan, 1999), 127

Postlude: Angel's Dance
composed Steven Amundsen, St. Olaf College Orchestra
In keeping with the "dream team" nature of these Lessons and Carols, and the joy of the morning.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

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