The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. O come, let us worship. Alleluia
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Michael Praetorius. Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen (1609). Monteverdi Choir.
Miracles at the Birth of Christ
The King of Glory sends his Son
About the young Redeemer's head
Simeon and Anna both conspire
Let Jews and Greeks blaspheme aloud,
Let your goodness, Lord, appear to us, that we, made in your image, conform ourselves to it. In our own strength we cannot imitate your majesty, power-and wonder; nor is it fitting for us to try. But your mercy reaches from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of eternal love. caress us with your tiny hands, embrace us with your tiny arms, and pierce our hearts with your soft, sweet cries.
Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Isaiah 'twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;
The shepherds heard the story proclaimed by angels bright,
This Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
O Saviour, Child of Mary, who felt our human woe,
May the Lord, who has called out of darkness into his marvellous light, bless us and fill us with peace. Amen.