A.M. – Day 18 – Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Today’s Reading- 2:9-14

 
Charles Wesley may have written a good deal of this song, but not the entire thing. The words have been changed as time has gone on, for understanding and musical flow perhaps, but one of the most important lines in this song (to me) that he did write is “God and Sinners reconciled”. That’s the whole reason why Jesus came to Earth. Without Him we would have been forever separated from God. When Jesus came, we again had the choice of being God’s again. The choice is ours. This rendition has been one of my favorites since college.

One of the first times I remember hearing this song outside of church or a Christmas program was on my favorite Holiday show – A Charlie Brown Christmas – how could I leave you without it?

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;
In the manger born a king,
while adoring angels sing
Peace on Earth to men goodwill
Bid the trembling soul be still
Christ on Earth has come 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!
Life and light to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that man no more may die,
born to raise the sons of earth,
born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King!”

 

“Hark the herald angels sing” Christmas Carol was written by Charles Wesley, brother of John Wesley founder of the Methodist church, in 1739. A sombre man, he requested slow and solemn music for his lyrics and thus “Hark the herald angels sing” was sung to a different tune initially.

Over a hundred years later Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) composed a cantata commemorate Johann Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press. English musician William H. Cummings adapted Mendelssohn’s music to fit the lyrics of “Hark the herald angels sing” already written by Wesley.

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