“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

Read: St. Luke 1:34-35; St. Luke 2:9-11; Galatians 4:4

Charles Wesley and his brother John Wesley were co-founders of the Methodist Church. Charles wrote more than 6,000 hymns, but “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” is considered by many to be the best. In singing this hymn we join not only the shepherds under a canopy of singing angels, we also learn about the Jesus they proclaimed. We discover who He is and what His coming means.

Wesley’s carol is filled with powerful scriptural ideas. A lot of time could be spent exploring these stanzas. But we focus now on the last four lines: “Mild He lays His glory by, born that man no more may die, born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.” These are the reasons why Jesus came, so we would not have to face eternal death; so he could raise us with Him; and so he could regenerate us into children of God, for these and so much more, he deserves our praise. “Glory to the newborn King!”

 

# 270 E.L.W. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

1    Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn king;

peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.”

Joyful, all you nations, rise; join the triumph of the skies;

with angelic hosts proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

 

Refrain

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn king!”

 

2    Christ, by highest heav’n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord,

late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb.

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see! Hail, incarnate deity!

Pleased as man with us to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel!  Refrain

 

3    Hail the heav’n-born Prince of peace! Hail the Sun of righteousness!

Light and life to all he brings, ris’n with healing in his wings.

Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die,

born to raise each child of earth, born to give us second birth.  Refrain

 

How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.