Blogmas Day 8: PEACE

I titled this post “Peace” because today is the second Sunday in Advent and as some churches lit the second candle on their advent wreaths, they meditated on the theme of peace.

Today we will be looking at songs #7 and #8.

First, “Jesus, Jesus, O What A Wonderful Child,” #126 in the Glory to God hymnal. The music for this song was arranged by Horace Clarence Boyer in 2000 and harmonized by Jeffrey Radford. It is likely that this song is a remix of an existing Christmas carol. The version of the lyrics I provided is the full length song made popular by Mariah Carey.

Lyrics:

Jesus, Jesus, Oh What a wonderful child
Jesus, Jesus, So lowly, meek and mild
New life, new hope, New joy He brings
Won’t you listen To the angels sing
Glory, glory, glory To the new born King

He was heral’d By the angels
Born In a lowly manger
The virgin Mary Was His mother
And Joseph Was his earthly father
Three wise men Came from afar
They were guided By a shining star
To see King Jesus Where He lay
In a manger Filled with hay

This song reminds me of a gospel version of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”. I wrote about that hymn on Day 6, so I won’t go into much theology here. In fact, as storytelling goes, this song is actually pretty simple. The only lyrics I excluded were Mariah’s ad libs, where the choir basically sings “Jesus, Jesus” over and over.

The next song I would like to share with you all is “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” This hymn is GTG #133. It was written by John Francis Wade around 1743 and Frederick Oakeley translated it from Latin in 1841.

1 O come, all ye faithful,
joyful and triumphant;
O come ye; O come ye to Bethlehem!
Come, and behold him, born the King of angels!

Refrain:
O come, let us adore him;
O come, let us adore him;
O come, let us adore him,
Christ, the Lord!

3 Sing, choirs of angels;
sing in exultation;
sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest! [Refrain]

4 Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing! [Refrain]

I honestly don’t have much to write today. A lot of my deep thinking comes when I see songs with explicit theological themes. Here, I just think we should join with the angels in both of these songs, singing songs that glorify our Savior. Songs of adoration, glory, worship, and honour, of which only Jesus is worthy.

close up photography of candels

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*EDIT: In the original post, I wrote that the theme of the second week in Advent is Hope. That was the first week’s theme. This week’s theme is traditionally PEACE.

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