Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ten Christmas Hymns: Awake, Arise Good Christians

Awake, arise good Christians, let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Savior was born upon this day!
The self-same moon was shining as now is in the sky,
When a holy band of angels came down from God on high!

Chorus: Hosannah! Hosannah! To Jesus we'll sing,
Hosannah! Hosannah! Our Savior, our King.

Fear not, we bring glad tidings, for on this happy morn,
The promised One, the Savior, in Bethlehem's town was born!”
Up rose the simple shepherds, all with a joyful mind,
Then let us go in haste,” they say, “This Holy Child to find.”

And like unto the shepherds, we wander far and near,
And bid you wake, good Christians, the joyful news to hear;
Awake, arise, good Christians! Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Savior was born upon this day.
--Author Unknown

I love the phrase, "Let nothing you dismay, remember Christ..." When life is tough my friends remind me of Christ's promises and faithfulness. When life is great, we celebrate our blessings together.

If you're looking for a recording of this song, I recommend Kate Rusby and her album Sweet Bells. I bought it at Itunes.

Between now and Christmas Day, I'm posting the hymns I quoted in Practicing Glory. This is a book for any season, but all the hymns are Christmas carols. These are such beautiful songs--they deserve more than a once-a-year reading. I quoted "Awake, Arise Good Christians" in the chapter on Fellowship.

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