08 February 2014

A Hymn for Christmas, Epiphany, and Candlemass



Now light your lamps, ye Christians wise 
and gather 'neath Christ's Star. 
The Light of lights, the Prince of Peace 
has come here from afar. 
No warrior he, the Word made flesh, 
the Servant of us all, 
the Child whose breathing brings us peace, 
whose heartbeat saves us all. 

God's mother's face reveals his light 
as moon shines by the sun, 
And Joseph's eyes filled full with joy 
gleam bright with God's own Son. 
O Christ our God, true face of God 
now cradled in their arms, 
O please accept what gifts we bring: 
our hearts, our minds, our love. 

Child Jesus, hear our fervent prayer 
for peace to reign on earth;
for great and small, for rich and poor, 
for each to know their worth. 
Though fallen be the human race 
and sin and hate abound,
give peace to all for in each face 
thy image still is found. 

O sing, you blessèd company 
of faithful people. Sing 
for God the Child whose very light 
demands the darkness flee. 
O Trinity of endless light, 
with love our praise we bring 
where Wisdom found a cave for house 
to bring forth earth's true king. 

 Copyright © 2007 Vincent Uher 
 Suggested tune: Forest Green