Birds of a Feather

Merry Christmas December 25, 2010

Filed under: Holiday — kcfeather @ 12:42 am

One night in December before we left Boston for the holidays and while K’s sister was still in town, we went to the 101st Annual Christmas Carol Service at Harvard’s Memorial Church.  We showed up a few minutes early, but the sanctuary was already full; we were lucky enough to find some standing room against the back wall.  It’s a beautiful church, and it was a beautiful service.  The service included readings from scripture, and carols sung by the University Choir (including a number of carols in which the congregation was invited to sing as well).

The words of the carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” stuck out to me that night as a great reminder of what a great gift it is that we celebrate on Christmas (the full carol is below). The birth of Christ is the answer to the hopes and prayers of all the years. Certainly an answer to the hopes and prayers of those who were before him, anxiously awaiting a Savior. But also He remains an answer to our hopes and prayers, an answer to the yearnings of those in our midst even today.

Merry Christmas – may it be a day of rejoicing in the reality that Christ was born in the little town of Bethlehem long ago, and that He – our Lord Emmanuel – still abides with us now.

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may his His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel

 

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