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"Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God; speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem; and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned." (Isaiah 40:1-3)

"For unto us a hild is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called: Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6-7)

"Behold a virgin shall conceive and give birth to a Son, and His name shall be called Emmanuel, which means God is with us." (Isaiah 7:14)

"In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And the Word has become flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:1, 14)

"For God so loved the world that He gave His Only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)


Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel

Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Oh come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go. Ref

Oh come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave. Ref

Oh come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight. Ref

Oh come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery. Refrain

Oh come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace. Ref

Oh come, oh come, Adonai,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe. Ref

Tranlated from Latin by John M. Neale (1851), music arranged by Thomas Helmore (1856).


"The Children of Noisy Village"

In this gently humorous tale, Astrid Lindgen takes us through a year in the lives and customs of six Swedish children: Lisa (who is the narrator), Anna, Britta, Karl (Lasse), Bill (Bosse), and Olaf (Olle) living on a group of three farms in the countryside. This episode tells how they celebrate Christmas in all its solemnity and festivity.

Now I'm going to tell you about the big snowstorm that came just before Christmas. Daddy said that it was the worst snowstorm he had ever seen.
Everyday, from the beginning of December, Karl had been saying, "I bet we won't have any snow for Christmas."
I felt sad everytime he said it because I wanted very much to have snow. But one day after anotherwent by, and still not the tiniest little flake fell. Then one day in the middle of the week before Christmas, while we were in school doing arithmetic, Bill suddenly said, "Look! It's snowing."
And it was. We were so happy that we all cheered, and Miss Johnson said that we should all stand up and sing "Now It Is Winter".
When we went out for recess the schoolyard was covered with a thin white layer. With our feet we made a track in the snow shaped like a figure eight. We ran around the eight during the recess.
Still Karl said, "I bet we won't have any more snow than this."
When we walked to school the next day, however, there was so much snow that we had to wade through it, and it was still snowing. But Karl said, "There won't be any more snow than this, and it'll probably melt before Christmas."
But that's where he was wrong. No sooner were we inside the school than it started snowing harder than ever. The air outside the window was perfectly white, and you couldn't even see across the yard. It kept on snowing all morning. And the wind began to blow too. It stormed and snowed and snowed, and finally Miss Johnson got worried and said, "I don't know how you children from Noisy Village are going to get home today."
She wondered if we would like to spend the night with her, and of course we wanted to very much, but we knew that our fathers and mothers would get awfully worried if we didn't come home. So we said we couldn't stay, and Miss Johnson told us we better leave right away before it got dark.
At one o'clock we left school. My, how big the drifts were!
And how the wind blew! We had to bend almost double when we walked.
"Well, Karl, is this enough snow for you?" asked Britta.
"It's not Christmas yet!" said Karl, but we could hardly hear what he said because of the wind.
We walked and walked and walked. And we held hands so we wouldn't get lost. The snow reached way above my knees, and when it's that deep you don't get ahead very fast, I can tell you. The wind blew right through us so that our toes and fingers, and noses got numb. Finally my legs were so tired that I told Karl I wanted to rest a little.
"Nothing doing," said Karl. Anna was tired too and wanted to rest, but Karl said it was too dangerous. Then Anna and I started to cry because we thought we would never get home again. We were only halfway then. But all of a sudden Olaf said, "Let's go to the shoemaker's. All he can do is chop our heads off."
Anna and I wanted to go to the shoemaker's even if he did chop our heads off.
The wind was so strong that we almost blew right through the shoemaker's door. He didn't look very glad to see us :
"What are you children doing out in this kind of weather?" he said.
We didn't dare say tht the weather had not been that bad when we had left home. We took off ourcoats and sat down to watch him while he mended shoes. We were hungry, but we didn't dare say so. The shoemaker made coffee for himself and ate sandwiches, but he didn't offer us any.
At dusk it stopped snowing and the wind stopped blowing, but the drifts were so high that we couldn't think how wewere going to get home anyway. Oh, how I wanted to get home to Noisy Village and to Mommy and to my bed!
Suddenly we heard sleighbells jingling out in the snow, so we rant to the window and looked. It was Daddy, driving the snow plow. We opened the door and called to him, and the shoemaker said, "Don't let the cold air in!"
Daddy was very happy when he saw us. He said he was only going to plow the road down to the big village, and then he'd pick us up on his way back.
That's what he did. Anna and I rode home on the snow plow, and the others walked behind. Now the road was smooth, so it was easy.
Mommy was standing at the kitchen window, looking worried, when we got home. Karl and Bill and I had hot beef broth with dumplings for supper, and it was the best food I'd ever tasted I ate theree platefuls Afterward I went right to bed. It was wonderful. Mommy said she had had a feeling that Daddy should go with the snow plow, because she was sure we'd be somewhere along the road. Wasn't it lucky that she'd had that feeling? Otherwise we would probably have had to stay at the shoemaker's all night.

By Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002)

The Holly and the Ivy

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

O the rising of the sun,
And the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a blossom
As white as lily flower;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our sweet Saviour. Ref

The holly bears a berry
As red as any blood;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To do poor sinners good. Ref

The holly bears a prickle
As sharp as any thorn;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
On Christmas day in the morn. Ref

The holly bears a bark
As bitter as any gall;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
For to redeem us all. Ref


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