Christmas songs #3: Angels, from the realms of glory

As the time came for Christ to be born, there were two groups that had special visitations or announcements: the shepherds and the wise men. The shepherds, outside in the fields, watched in amazement as first one angel, and then “a multitude of the heavenly host,” appeared and began to praise God. The angel told them to go to Bethlehem and look for a baby lying in a feed trough!

The song progresses through four groups who meditate on the birth of Christ: Shepherds, Sages, Saints, Sinners. The verse that begins with the word “Sinners” is always deleted from this song, yet it expresses the author’s Christian faith very clearly. Jesus is not just a kindly Christmas king who came as a cute baby, he is mostly a Savior of guilty sinners who need him more than any other thing in the world.

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Lyrics (www.Cyberhymnal.org)

Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

Refrain

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant light:

Refrain

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen His natal star.

Refrain

Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear.

Refrain

Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you; break your chains.

Refrain

Though an Infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne,
Gather all the nations to Him;
Every knee shall then bow down:

Refrain

All creation, join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising
To th’eternal Three in One.

Refrain




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