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Last Sunday in the Church Year

November 25th, 2012
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1 “Wake, awake, for night is flying,”
the watchmen on the heights are crying;
“Awake, Jerusalem, arise!”
Midnight hears the welcome voices
and at the thrilling cry rejoices:
“Where are the virgins pure and wise?
The Bridegroom comes: Awake!
Your lamps with gladness take!
With bridal care and faith’s bold prayer,
to meet the Bridegroom, come, prepare!”

2 Zion hears the watchmen singing,
and in her heart new joy is springing.
She wakes, she rises from her gloom.
For her Lord comes down all-glorious
and strong in grace, in truth victorious.
Her star is risen, her light is come!
Now come, O Blessed One,
Lord Jesus, God’s own Son.
Sing hosanna!
We answer all in joy your call;
we follow to the wedding hall.

3 Lamb of God, the heavens adore you,
the saints and angels sing before you
with harp and cymbals’ clearest tone.
Of one pearl each shining portal,
where, joining with the choir immortal,
we gather round your radiant throne.
No eye has seen that light,
no ear the echoed might
of your glory;
yet there shall we in victory
sing shouts of joy eternally!

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  1. November 23rd, 2009 at 23:09 | #1

    Pastor McCain – the LSB makes the excellent translation from prior Winkworth one – stanza two ending with “We enter all the wedding hall To eat the Supper at Thy call.” All the more reason to celebrate this hymn all the more.

  2. James
    November 26th, 2009 at 20:05 | #2

    By posting only the chorale I think you’ve missed the center of the cantata which imo is not the chorale but the aria duets see my post on ALPB and the reality of winter in a pre 20th century Northern Hemisphere world.


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