Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Advent hymn

Here's a great Advent hymn, Whispers reminded me of... we sang it here the other day but I can't remember if it was for Morning Prayer, Mass, or Evening Prayer...

Once in Royal David's City

Once in royal David’s city
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little Child.

He came down to earth from Heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall;
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Savior holy.

And, through all His wondrous childhood,
He would honor and obey,
Love and watch the lowly maiden,
In whose gentle arms He lay:
Christian children all must be
Mild, obedient, good as He.

For He is our childhood’s pattern;
Day by day, like us He grew;
He was little, weak and helpless,
Tears and smiles like us He knew;
And He feeleth for our sadness,
And He shareth in our gladness.

And our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love,
For that Child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in Heav’n above,
And He leads His children on
To the place where He is gone.

Not in that poor lowly stable,
With the oxen standing by,
We shall see Him; but in Heaven,
Set at God’s right hand on high;
Where like stars His children crowned
All in white shall wait around.

It reminds me of one of my favorite prayers, a prayer my Dad taught my brothers and I when we were little. But every time I say it I think of this stupid movie (!) that has a scene that pokes fun at this devotion.

Baby Jesus, meek and mild
Have pity on me a little child
Baby Jesus, all I do
I do it for the love of you

1 comment:

Laura H. said...

Praying that your new year is blessed and bright, Matt.

p.s. It was nice to finally meet you. :)