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A Blessed Christmas to One and All

December 24th, 2012
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I pray that our Lord will bless you richly as you meditate and ponder all the wonders, joys, mysteries and blessings of these days celebrating and rejoicing in our Lord’s nativity.

All my heart again rejoices
As I hear
Far and near
Sweetest angel voices.
“Christ is born!” their choirs are singing
Till the air
Everywhere
Now with joy is ringing.

Hear!  The Conqueror has spoken:
“Now the foe, sin and woe,
Death and hell are broken!”
God is man, man to deliver,
And the Son
Now is one
With our blood forever.

Should we fear our God’s displeasure,
Who, to save,
Freely gave
His most precious treasure?
To redeem us He has given
His own Son
From the throne
Of His might in heaven.

See the Lamb, our sin once taking,
To the cross,
Suff’ring loss,
Full atonement making.
For our life, His own He tenders,
And His grace
All our race
Fit for glory renders.

Softly from His lowly manger,
Jesus calls
One and all,
“You are safe from danger.
Children, from the sins that grieve you
You are freed;
All you need
I will surely give you.”

Come, then, banish all your sadness!
One and all,
Great and small,
Come with songs of gladness.
We shall live with Him forever
There on high
In that joy
Which will vanish never.

All My Heart Again Rejoices

by Paul Gerhardt, Lutheran Service Book, #360

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  1. organshoes
    December 20th, 2007 at 21:12 | #1

    When Gerhardt’s words are paired with Johann Cruger’s music, it’s the angels.
    Our choir is singing this very hymn on Christmas Eve, with the congregation joining the final stanza. We have loved this technique in teaching ‘new’ hymns from LSB. I know this was in LW, but verses and a great harmonization have been restored.
    Merry Christmas.

  2. December 24th, 2007 at 18:20 | #2

    A good Christmas to you as well, Paul

  3. December 25th, 2011 at 01:55 | #3

    A blessed Christmas to you & yours, Pr McCain.

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