Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Christmas Carol Settring

A Carol setting for Holy Communion

“Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”

P: Oh, may the good Lord be with you.
C: The Lord be with your spirit, too!
P: Lift your hearts to Him in praise.
C: To the Lord our hearts we raise.
P: Let us offer praises true,
C: It is fitting so to do.
Love and thanks we bring to our new-born King!

Preface for Christmas

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

Holy, holy, holy Lord! God, by heav’n and earth adored!
Here in lowly manger laid, God with us, His love displayed.
Angels singing, “Peace on earth!” at the blessed Savior’s birth;
Hail, hosanna, Prince of Peace! From sin’s pow’r You give release!
Word made flesh, great mystery! Mighty God, You set us free.

Holy, holy, holy Lord! Lifting hearts in one accord,
With the shepherds humbly bow; Christ our King confessing now:
With th’apostles, prophets strong, and the white-robed martyr throng,
Cloud of witnesses, rejoice! With glad heart and mind and voice;
Word made flesh, great mystery! Mighty God, You set us free!

Words of institution and the Our Father

“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”

Dear Jesus, Lamb of God You are the Father’s gift of love
In mercy cleansing all our sins, our shame and guilt remove.
Your peace to troubled hearts bestow, a joyful Christmas light,
That makes our shadowed pathways now more beautiful and bright

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