01 January 2013

Hymn of the Holy Family


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Lonely travellers from the stable
Out beneath the hard blue sky
Journeying*, wand'ring, hoping, praying
For the safety of their child
While our mother Rachel's weeping
Fills the streets of Bethlehem.
Kyrie eleison.

Warned by angels, moved to save him
Who was born our kind to save,
Joseph leads his holy family
Far from Herod and harm's way.
Mary shielding and consoling
Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Kyrie eleison.

Fleeing from the land of promise
They in Egypt find a home
Strange the workings of God's mercy --
House of bondage now God's throne.
But for sons who all were murdered
Sorrow breaks the House of Bread.
Kyrie eleison.

True the tale of flight and exile.
Out of Egypt comes God's Son.
Angels tell of Herod's dying.
All is ended, all begun.
Jesus will grow up in Nazareth
And the world will all be stunned.
Kyrie eleison.

Words: Copyright © 1997 by Vincent Uher. For use in Christmastide especially from Holy Innocents through Holy Family Sunday.  
Music: Divinum mysterium
Meter: 87 87 87 7

* Note: The word "Journeying" is sung in contracted form Journ'ying or Journ'ing.  Likewise "wandering" is sung as two syllables wand'ring.

+Ave Jesu Christe!