Saturday, December 25, 2010

Nine Lessons and Carols, Part IV: The Third Reading

The prophet foretells the coming of the Savior.

ISAIAH 9:2-7(ESV):

2 The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shined.

3 You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.

4 For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.

5 For every boot
of the tramping warrior
in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.

6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.



Methimon o Theos
"God is With Us"
Byzantine Chant
Plagal 2nd Tone

God is with us.

Band together, you peoples,
and be dismayed,
for God is with us.

Listen, all you far countries,
for God is with us.

Gird yourselves and be dismayed,
for God is with us.

And even if you gird yourselves,
again you be dismayed,
for God is with us.

For a Child has been born for us,
a Son given to us,
for God is with us.

Authority rests upon His shoulders,
for God is with us.

And He is named Wonderful Counselor,
for God is with us.

Mighty God,
for God is with us.

Everlasting Father,
for God is with us.

Prince of Peace,
for God is with us.

God is with us.

Band together, you peoples,
and be dismayed,
for God is with us

Take counsel together,
but it shall be brought to naught,
for God is with us.

Speak a word,
but it will not stand,
for God is with us.

Do not fear what it fears,
or be in dread,
for God is with us.

The Lord of hosts,
Him you shall regard as holy;
let Him be your fear,
for God is with us.

And I will hope in Him
and be saved by Him,
for God is with us.

See, I and the children
whom the Lord has given me,
for God is with us.


Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Organ Prelude, In Dulci Jubilo


Robert Lucas Pearsall, In Dulci Jubilo
"In Sweet Jubilation"

In dulci jubilo
let us our homage shew;
Our heart’s joy reclineth
In praesepio,
And like a bright star shineth
Matris in gremio.
Alpha es et O.

O Jesu parvule,

I yearn for thee alway!
Listen to my ditty,
O Puer optime,
Have pity on me, pity,
O princeps gloriae!
Trahe me post te!

O Patris caritas,
O Nati lenitas!

Deeply were we stainèd
Per nostra crimina;
But thou hast for us gainèd
Coelorum gaudia.
O that we were there!

Ubi sunt gaudia, where,
If that they be not there?
There are angels singing
Nova cantica,
There the bells are ringing
In Regis curia:
O that we were there!

NOTE: The translation of the Latin text is found on page 19 of this service folder.

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