Advent Calendar | Dec. 17

8 Days Until Christmas

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bibleSCRIPTURE

“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’” (Luke 2:15)
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GOD REST YOU MERRY, GENTLEMEN

LYRICS

God rest ye merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay.
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn.
To which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

“Fear not then,” said the Angel,
“Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Savior
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan’s power and might.”
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind,
And went to Bethlehem straightway
This blessed Babe to find.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

 

 

Illustration from 1860s sheet music published in 1860s. Bramley and Stainer Christmas Carols, New And Old, First Series. London: Novello & Co.

Illustration from 1860s sheet music published in 1860s. Bramley and Stainer Christmas Carols, New And Old, First Series. London: Novello & Co.

But when to Bethlehem they came
Whereat this Infant lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling,
Unto the Lord did pray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth efface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

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ABOUT THE CAROL

1. “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen,” also known as “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and “God Rest You Merry People All,” is an English traditional Christmas carol.

2. It was published by William B. Sandys in 1833, although the author is unknown.

3. The carol may have been written as early as the 15th century. In the earliest-known publication of the song, in 1760, it is described as a “new Christmas carol,” suggesting it was actually written in the mid-18th century.

4. The song is referred to in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” which was published in 1843.

5. The comma in the first line comes after the word “merry,” so the song does not refer to “merry gentlemen.”

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praying-hands-columnPRAYER

God rest us merry, O God, as we await the birth of Christ. Amen.
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