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Awdrey

Awdrey Report 20 Dec 2010 22:35

Joy,

So pleased to see that people are enjoying the thread, saw the first part of The Nativity on BBC 1 this evening it was lovely.

Awdrey.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 20 Dec 2010 20:52

Thank you, Fiona :-)

Fiona aka Ruby

Fiona aka Ruby Report 17 Dec 2010 23:34

I've really enjoyed reading this thread, it has brought back so many happy childhood memories. The following two poems, however, relate to the regret of the loss of childhood innocence and certainty:

The Oxen (Thomas Hardy)

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.
"Now they are all on their knees,"
An elder said as we sat in a flock
By the embers in hearthside ease.

We pictured with meek mild creatures where
They dwelt in their strawy pen.
Nor did occur to one of us there
To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few would weave
In these years! Yet, I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve,
"Come see the oxen kneel,

In the lonely barton by yonder coombe
Our childhood used to know."
I should go with him into the gloom
Hoping it my be so.



I Believe in Father Christmas (Lake & Sinfield)

They said they'll be snow at Christmas;
They said they'll be peace on earth,
But, instead it just kept on raining
A veil of tears for the virgin birth.
I remember one Christmas morning;
A winter's light, and a distant choir;
And the peal of a bell, and that Christmas tree smell,
And their eyes full of tinsel and fire.

They sold me a dream of Christmas;
They sold me a silent night,
And they told me a fairy story,
'Til I believed in the Israel light.
And I believed in father Christmas,
And I looked at the sky with excited eyes
'Til I woke with a yawn, in the first light of dawn,
And I saw him, and through his disguise.

I wish you a hopeful Christmas;
I wish you a great new year.
All anguish, pain, and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear.
They said they'll be snow at Christmas;
They said they'll be peace on earth.
Hallelujah Noel, be it heaven or hell,
The Christmas you get you deserve.

Fiona aka Ruby

Fiona aka Ruby Report 17 Dec 2010 22:45

Thank you for this thread Joy, it's lovely.

This was one of my Dad's favourites:

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us Thine aid,
Star of the East, our horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant redeemer is laid.

Cold on his Cradle the dewdrops are shining;
Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall;
Angels adore Him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch and Saviour of all!

Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion,
Odors of Edom and offerings divine?
Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?

Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gifts would His favour secure;
Richer by far is the heart's adoration,
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 17 Dec 2010 21:58

A lovely sound:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKS0GngztOo

David Bowie and Bing Crosby - Little Drummer Boy

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 15 Dec 2010 23:26

'The Nativity' BBC One (1 - 4 of 4 programmes) 20 December 2010

I am looking forward to this series.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00x15ny
Four-part drama revealing the human story beneath the classic biblical tale, from the courtship of Mary and Joseph in Nazareth to the birth of Jesus in a Bethlehem stable.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 7 Dec 2010 22:43

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!

~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 27 Nov 2010 22:13

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.

~Charles Dickens

Awdrey

Awdrey Report 27 Nov 2010 20:35

The Angel Gabriel from Heaven came,

With wings as drifted snow, with eyes as flame,

"All hail to thee, O lowly maiden Mary,

Most highly favoured lady." Gloria "


" For know a blessed mother thou shalt be,

All generations laud and honour thee.

Thy son shall be Emmauel, by seers foretold,

Most highly favoured lady, " Gloria "


Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,

"To me be as it pleases God" she said,

My soul shall laud and magnify God's holy name"

Most highly favoured lady, " Gloria !


Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ was born

In Bethlehem all on a Christmas morn,

And Christian folk through-out the world will ever say:

" Most highly favoured lady " Gloria !


Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 27 Nov 2010 15:31

First Sunday in Advent tomorrow :-)

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 25 Dec 2009 23:01

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, All is bright
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child
Holy Infant so Tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from heaven afar;
Heavenly hosts sing Al-le-lu-ia!
Christ the Saviour is born!
Christ the Saviour is born!

Silent night, holy night!
Wondrous star, lend thy light!
With the angels let us sing
Alleluia to our King!
Christ the Saviour is here,
Jesus the Saviour is here!

Silent night, Holy night!
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord at thy birth;
Jesus Lord at thy birth.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 25 Dec 2009 08:45


The text to the Carol O Come All Ye Faithful was originally written in Latin (Adeste Fideles) and was intended to be a hymn, it is attributed to John Wade, an Englishman. The music to O Come All Ye Faithful was composed by fellow Englishman John Reading in the early 1700s. The tune was first published in a collection known as "Cantus Diversi" in 1751. In 1841 Rev. Frederick Oakley is reputed to have worked on the familiar translation of O Come All Ye Faithful which replaced the older Latin lyrics "Adeste Fideles".


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;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God's holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 24 Dec 2009 23:25


The Christians awake salute the happy morn carol was written by John Byron who was born in Broughton, England in 1692 and died in Manchester in 1763. The Carol lyrics of Christians awake salute the happy morn are famous for the comprehensive quotation of the Archangel Gabriel “Behold, I bring good tidings…” John Byron wrote this poem in 1745 for his little daughter Dorothy. On Christmas morning she found the manuscript amongst her presents , the title was originally called 'Christmas Day for Dolly' but was renamed as Christians awake salute the happy morn when music was added. The music to the carol Christians awake salute the happy morn was composed by J.Wainwright


Christians, awake, salute the happy morn
Whereon the Saviour of the world was born
Rise to adore the mystery of love
Which hosts of angels chanted from above
With them the joyful tidings first begun
Of God incarnate and the Virgin's Son

Then to the watchful shepherds it was told
Who heard the angelic herald's voice: "Behold,
I bring good tidings of a Saviour's birth
To you and all the nations upon earth
This day hath God fulfilled His promised word;
This day is born a Saviour, Christ the Lord."

He spake, and straightaway the celestial choir
In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire
The praises of redeeming love they sang
And heaven's whole orb with alleluias rang
God's highest glory was their anthem still
Peace upon earth and unto men goodwill

To Bethlehem straight the shepherds ran
To see the wonder God had wrought for man
And found, with Joseph and the blessed Maid
Her Son, the Saviour, in a manger laid
Amazed, the wondrous story they proclaim
The earliest heralds of the Saviour's name

Let us, like these good shepherds, them employ
Our grateful voices to proclaim the joy
Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss
From His poor manger to His bitter cross
Treading His steps, assisted by His grace
Till man's first heavenly state again takes place

Then may we hope, the angelic thrones among
To sing, redeemed, a glad triumphal song
He that was born upon this joyful day
Around us all His glory shall display
Saved by His love, incessant we shall sing
Of angels and of angel-men the King

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 24 Dec 2009 13:41

Rector Phillips Brooks (1835-1903) of Philadelphia, wrote the words to O Little Town of Bethlehem in 1868, following a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He was inspired by the view of Bethlehem from the hills of Palestine especially at night time hence the lyrics of O Little Town of Bethlehem. His church organist Lewis Redner (1831-1908) wrote the melody to O Little Town of Bethlehem for the Sunday school children's choir.


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

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 23 Dec 2009 11:55

Hope this hasn't been added already. remembered from school

See amid the winter's snow,
born for us on earth below,
see, the gentle Lamb appears,
promised from eternal years.
Refrain:
Hail that ever blessèd morn,
hail redemption's happy dawn,
sing through all Jerusalem:
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Lo, within a manger lies
he who built the starry skies;
he who, thronèd in height sublime,
sits amid the cherubim. Refrain

Say, ye holy shepherds, say,
what your joyful news today.
wherefore have ye left your sheep
on the lonely mountain steep? Refrain

"As we watched at dead of night,
lo, we saw a wondrous light;
angels singing 'Peace on earth'
told us of the Savior's birth." Refrain

Sacred Infant, all divine,
what a tender love was thine,
thus to come from highest bliss
down to such a world as this. Refrain

Teach, O teach us, holy Child,
by thy face so meek and mild,
teach us to resemble thee,
in thy sweet humility. Refrain

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 23 Dec 2009 10:44


Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and to all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 22 Dec 2009 11:53

http://www.carols.org.uk/white_christmas.htm


The music and lyrics for White Christmas were written by Irving Berlin in 1942 and originally featured in the movie Holiday Inn starring Bing Crosby



I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten,
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 21 Dec 2009 21:38


http://www.godweb.org/christmasprayers.htm

When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with the flocks,
then the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal those broken in spirit,
to feed the hungry,
to release the oppressed,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among all peoples,
to make a little music with the heart…

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 20 Dec 2009 23:29

Of the Father's love begotten,
ere the worlds began to be,
he is Alpha and Omega,
he the source, the ending he,
of the things that are, that have been,
and that future years shall see,
evermore and evermore!

At his word the words were framèd;
he commanded; it was done:
heaven and earth and depths of ocean
in their threefold order one;
all that grows beneath the shining
of the moon and burning sun,
evermore and evermore!

O that birth for ever blessèd,
when the Virgin, full of grace,
by the Holy Ghost conceiving,
bare the Saviour of our race;
and the Babe, the world's Redeemer,
first revealed his sacred face,
evermore and evermore!

This is he whom seers in old time
chanted of with one accord;
whom the voices of the prophets
promised in their faithful word;
now he shines, the long expected,
let creation praise its Lord,
evermore and evermore!

O ye heights of heaven, adore him;
angel-hosts, his praises sing;
powers, dominions, bow before him,
and extol our God and King;
let no tongue on earth be silent,
every voice in concert ring,
evermore and evermore!

Thee let old men, thee let young men,
thee let boys in chorus sing;
matrons, virgins, little maidens,
with glad voices answering:
let their guileless songs re-echo,
and the heart its music bring,
evermore and evermore!

Christ, to thee with God the Father,
and, O Holy Ghost, to thee,
hymn and chant and high thanksgiving,
and unwearied praises be;
honour, glory and dominion,
and eternal victory,
evermore and evermore!

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 20 Dec 2009 22:04

http://protestantism.suite101.com/article.cfm/the_meaning_of_advent

There are four candles, one for each Sunday leading to Christmas and a fifth candle for Christmas day.

The Fourth Candle (The Candle of Peace)
The fourth candle reminds that Jesus comes to bring Peace to both the world and to people's hearts.