Christmas Worship Service
originally webcast December 4, 2014, at 8:00 PM (CST)
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Glad Tidings of Christmas
to all Friends and Alumni/ae
of Perkins School of Theology
Carol that I composed in 1742_________________
Shepherds keeping watch in the woods, listen to my voice!I will tell you of a marvelthat astonishes heaven itself.I announce to you the newsthat the Messiah is born today.
Hurry all to his cradleto see this new wonder,the eternal! In a mangeramong the lowliest animals,this is a love without measurebared to endure a thousand ills.
Leave now your flocks.Take only your torches, your drums,and your musette.Make your concerts resound.Sing the reverberating gloryof the great God of the universe.
Love, praise, this newborn Godhumbled for you.Praise his immortal grandeurin the form of a child.Praise his eternal wisdom,which shows a love so powerful.
Rely on his return.Repay his love with love.Offer him an undivided heart.This is the gift that is due him.This is the most sincere homagethat we can return to the highest.__________________
Soeur Marie Julie de Saint Paul de Thomassin(fl. 18th century, Provence)