Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Just for Fun: Isn't There Anyone Who Knows What Christmas Is All About?

Special thanks to facebook friend Terry who posted this to my wall.

All for Hymn Christmas Vigil

Beginning tomorrow at 9:00 am CST, All for Hymn will have continuous posts every three hours through 9:00 pm on Christmas Day.

Highlights include:
  • Hymns of the Day for all four Christmas Services
  • Selections from Messiah based on the historic lectionary
  • Britten: Ceremony of Carols
  • Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
  • Holst: Christmas Day
To all who read All for Hymn here on blogspot and to all who follow All for Hymn on facebook, have a very blessed and peaceful Christmas.  If you need a break from your gatherings, stop on by and have a listen.

Advent IV: Salvation is Created

Luke 1:34-35 (ESV)

And Mary said to the angel,
“How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

And the angel answered her,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High
will overshadow you;
therefore the child to be born
will be called holy—the Son of God.

Salvation is Created
Pavel Chesnokov


sodélal yesí posredé ziemlí,
Bózhe. Allilúiya.

coдeлaл еси посреде земли,
Боже. Аллилуия.


Salvation is created
in the midst of the earth.
O God, Our God, Alleluia.

Special thanks to Cheryl @ a round unvarnish'd tale for finding this recording, not to mention the lyrics in Russian, and posting them here.

Sound of Majesty: Lessons and Carols from King's College in Cambridge

Recorded in 1978, Sound of Majesty will broadcast Lessons and Carols from Cambridge, England on December 24, 2009.

Some local stations have elected to run wall-to-wall Christmas music apart from their regular programming, but if you are reading this you can probably listen via the on-line archive, which is already posted for your convenience.

You can find a direct link to the broadcast here, and a direct link to the program list here.

Adam lay ybounden
Bounden in a bond;
Four thousand winter,
Thought he not too long.

And all was for an apple
An apple that he took.
As clerkes finden,
Written in their book.

Ne had the apple taken been
The apple taken been,
Ne had never our ladie,
Abeen heav'ne queen.

Blessed be the time
That apple taken was,
Therefore we moun singen.
Deo gracias!

"O" Antiphons in Latin!

Listen to the O Antiphons in Latin over at  They feature essentially the same psalm tone provided by Deacon Dulas, along with the visual from the chant book.

Here is the sample from today's antiphon:

Deacon Dulas: "O Emmanuel"

Here's the 7th in the series on the "O" Antiphons by Deacon Jerry Dulas.

Listen to today's antiphon at


The final "O" antiphon prepares us for the Nativity of our Lord.

O Emmanuel,
Rex et legifer noster,
exspectatio gentium,
et Salvator earum:
Veni, ad salvandum nos
Domine Deus noster.

O Emmanuel*,
our King and Lawgiver,
the Expectation of the Nations
and their Savior:
Come, and save us,
O Lord our God.

*not usually translated; means "God with us"

In addition to the prophetic title of Emmanuel, four other titles comprise this "O" antiphon: King, Lawgiver, Expectation of the Nations, and Savior. These four titles of the promised Messiah, sum up the other "O" antiphons, and in fact all the other "O" antiphons have a mood of expectation, and waiting. This one speaks as if the event that has been long expected has already happened. And in this sense it prepares us for birth of our God in the flesh. The four titles used in this "O" antiphon each play a role in the promised blessing of this "O" antiphon, which is that our Lord God will save us.

The first two titles, "King" and "Lawgiver," are common titles of the Messiah. The combination of the two titles is found in the Prophet Isaiah (33:22), "For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King; He will save us." (NKJV) This Scripture passage summarizes today's "O" antiphon.

How does a king save? He rules with justice and dispenses His gifts to those who serve Him for their benefit. Our Lord Jesus, Who left His kingdom of heaven, to be born into our flesh, now sits on the right hand of the the Father as our king, interceding for us, and judging all those who believe on Him to be innocent and holy, for the sake of His suffering and death for us.

How does a lawgiver save? He upholds the laws, and our dear Lord Jesus, for us, fulfills the Law perfectly, then He takes on our sentence of death upon Himself, so that we might have eternal life with Him. In these two names, our dear Lord Jesus, is truly Emmanuel; "God with us," for He makes He makes His dwelling place to be amongst us for and for our benefit out of His great love for us.

The next two titles, "Expectation of the Nations" and "Savior" shows us that the promised Messiah, is not just for the Jews, but is also the Expectation and Savior of the Gentiles. This was foretold by Jacob in His words of blessing to his sons on his death bed. (Genesis 49:10) "The scepter shall not be taken away from Judah, nor a ruler from his thigh, till he come that is to be sent, and he shall be the expectation of nations." (Douay-Rheims) The One Whom the Jews waited for, has now become the One all nations wait for during the season of Advent. He is the Savior of all mankind, especially those that believe on Him.

And now all those who believe on Him, call Him by the Name that sums up all the prophetic titles of the seven "O" antiphons, that is, "our Lord and God."

O Lord and God, come, and save us.
Be born in our flesh,
suffer and die for us
with outstretched arms on Calvary,
make the tree of the cross a banner for all nations,
open to us the gates of heaven
by Thy holy and blessed means of grace,
and bring us out of the fetters of sin and death.
Enlighten this dark world full of sin
by Thy radiant, eternal, life-giving light,
and bind all nations, both Jews and Gentiles,
into one, holy nation,
so that all those who call upon Thee as Emmanuel
and rejoice in Thy incarnation
may have the eternal joy and peace
which Thou freely givest;
Who livest and reignest with the Father,
and the Holy Ghost,
ever one God,
world without end.


Deacon Dulas also provides this setting from Liber Usualis.  It is a different psalm tone than the one you'll here on Time Out.


Deacon Dulas is ordained into the pastorate and member of the Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America (  In his own words, "My call is to serve as deacon and missionary-at-large to MN and WI at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Tony, WI.  We are starting a mission here in Mayer, MN, and the surrounding area called St. Matthew Ev. Luth. Mission."