Advent Calendar | Dec. 6

19 Days Until Christmas

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bibleSCRIPTURE

“In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’” (Matthew 2:1-2)
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I SAW THREE SHIPS

LYRICS

I Saw Three ShipsI saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day?
And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day in the morning?

The Virgin Mary and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
The Virgin Mary and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Pray, wither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Pray, wither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas Day in the morning?

O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the souls on earth shall sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the souls on earth shall sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

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ABOUT THE CAROL

The tune of “I Saw Three Ships” is a traditional English folk song. The lyrics originally were written by wandering minstrels as they traveled throughout the country. The earliest printed text is from 1666. In the original version, the three ships were taking the supposed skulls of the wise men to Cologne cathedral in Germany in the 12th century. Over time, the lyrics changed to include different Bible characters being on the ships. The most common lyrics used today are about Mary and Jesus traveling to Bethlehem.

An interesting note: Bethlehem is landlocked, with the nearest body of water (the Dead Sea) lying 20 miles away.

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praying-hands-columnPRAYER

O God, our star of light and life, guide us safely into the harbor of your love. Amen.
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