On the Seventh Day of Christmas…

thomasOn the seventh day of Christmas, I’ll share with you a hymn to help your heart “prepare Him room.” It’s a very old text, though you may have heard it with a new tune written by Keith Getty. Thanks to our VBS designer, Gordon Brown, for introducing me to this beautiful text which has helped me reflect on the fullness of the incredible gift God gave us in His Son Jesus. May you experience joy and peace this Advent season. Merry Christmas!

 

O Savior of Our Fallen Race

O Savior of our fallen race,
O Brightness of the Father’s face,
O Son who shared the Father’s might
Before the world knew day or night,
O Jesus, very Light of light,
Our constant star in sin’s deep night:
Now hear the prayers Your people pray
Throughout the world this holy day.

Remind us Lord of life and grace
How once, to save our fallen race,
You put our human vesture on
And came to us as Mary’s son.
Today, as year by year its light
Brings to our world a promise bright
One precious truth outshines the sun:
Salvation comes from You alone.

For from the Father’s throne You came,
His banished children to reclaim;
And earth and sea and sky revere
The love of Him who sent You here.
And we are jubilant today,
For You have washed our guilt away.
O hear the glad new song we sing
On this, the birth of Christ our King!

O Savior of our fallen race,
The world will see Your radiant face
For You who came to us before
Will come again and all restore.
Let songs of praise Your name adorn,
O Christ, Redeemer, virgin-born
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Spirit evermore. Alleluia!

Original Lyrics: Christe Redemptor Omnium, Latin office hymn, circa 6th Century.  Translated by Gilbert E. Doan, Jr. (1930-), Adapted by Kristyn Getty. Text Copyright © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, Admin by Augsburg Fortress Press.

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