1 Christmas for God's holy people
is a time of joy and peace:
so, all Christian men and women,
hymns and carols let us raise
   to our God
   come to earth,
   Son of Man, by human birth .

2 Child of Mary, virgin mother,
peasant baby, yet our king,
cradled there among the oxen:
joyful carols now we sing
   to our God ...

3 Angel armies sang in chorus
at our Christ's nativity
he who came to share our nature:
so we sing with gaiety
   to our God ...

4 Shepherds hurried to the manger,
saw the babe of Bethlehem,
glorified the God of heaven:
now we join to sing with them
   to our God ...

5 Infant lowly, born in squalor,
prophet, king and great high priest,
Word of God, to us descending:
still we sing, both great and least,
   to our God ...

Michael Saward (born 1932) © Michael Saward/Jubilate Hymns
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