Advent Calendar | Dec. 10

15 Days Until Christmas

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SCRIPTURE

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“The stay which they had observed at its rising went ahead of them until it came to a standstill over the place where the child lay. They were overjoyed at seeing the star and, upon entering the house, found the child with Mary, his mother. They prostrated themselves an d paid homage. Then they opened up their coffers and presented the child with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:9b-11)
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WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE

LYRICS

We three kings of Orient are,
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star.

O Star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy Perfect Light.

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain,
Gold I bring to crown Him again.
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.

O Star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding.
Guide us to Thy perfect light.

Frankincense to offer have I,
Incense owns a Deity nigh,
Prayer and praising, all men raising,
Worship Him, God most high.

O Star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to Thy perfect light.

 

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Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume,
Breathes of life of gathering gloom,
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.

O Star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to Thy perfect light.

Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God and Sacrifice,
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Earth to heaven replies.

O Star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to Thy perfect light.

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ABOUT THE CAROL

“We Three Kings of Orient Are,” or “The Quest of the Magi,” is a Christmas carol written by the Rev. John Henry Hopkins Jr., who wrote both lyrics and music. He wrote it as part of a Christmas pageant for the General Theological Seminary in New York City, where he taught church music.

The song may have been written in 1857 but did not appear in print until his “Carols, Hymns and Song” in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War.

This is what the Bible tells us about these visitors to Jesus: They were wise men. They came from the East. They gave Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. All other details that have become tradition are either made up or conjecture. This includes the number of wise men, that they were “kings” and what their names were.

Their title is sometimes translated as “Magi.” The Magi were a priestly caste of ancient Persian Zoroastrianism. It was their alleged power over demons that gave rise to the word “magic.”

Another translation is for the wise men is “astrologers.”

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praying-hands-columnPRAYER

When we look to your stars, may we glimpse even a hint of your wisdom and creativity. Amen.
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