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Unto Us a Boy Is Born

Author: Percy Dearmer Meter: Appears in 45 hymnals Scripture: Matthew 2:16-18 Topics: Biblical Characters Mary; Jesus Christ Epiphany and Youth Used With Tune: PUER NOBIS Text Sources: Piae Cantiones (1582)

Night of Silence

Author: Daniel Kantor, b. 1960 Appears in 10 hymnals Scripture: Matthew 2 First Line: Cold are the people, winter of life Used With Tune: [Cold are the people, winter of life]

Coventry Carol

Appears in 24 hymnals Scripture: Matthew 2:23 First Line: [Coventry Carol] Text Sources: Renaissance Carol - Cyberhymnal (, 1996)


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Meter: Appears in 35 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: Geoffrey Shaw Scripture: Matthew 2:16-18 Tune Sources: Piae Cantiones (1582) Tune Key: D Major Incipit: 12343 21556 71112 Used With Text: Unto Us a Boy Is Born

[Cold are the people, winter of life]

Appears in 10 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: Daniel Kantor, b. 1960 Scripture: Matthew 2 Tune Key: A Major Incipit: 31715 31711 76 Used With Text: Night of Silence
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Meter: Irregular Appears in 637 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: Franz Gruber Scripture: Matthew 2 Tune Key: B Flat Major Incipit: 56535 65322 77115 Used With Text: Silent Night! Holy Night!


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The Visit of the Wise Men

Hymnal: Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #731 (1985) Scripture: Matthew 2 First Line: Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea Topics: Scripture Readings
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Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Author: Charles Wesley Hymnal: The Hymnal of The Evangelical United Brethren Church #81 (1957) Meter: D with refrain Scripture: Matthew 2:13-14 Lyrics: 1 Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King; Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!" Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies; With th'angelic host proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!" Refrain: Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King." 2 Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord! Come, Desire of Nations, come, Fix in us Thy humble home. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail th'Incarnate Deity, Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel! [Refrain] 3 Hail, the heav'n-born Prince of Peace! Hail, the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, Risen with healing in his wings. 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. [Refrain] Amen. Topics: Jesus Christ Birth Tune Title: MENDELSSOHN
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Brightest and Best

Author: Reginald Heber, 1783-1826 Hymnal: Gather Comprehensive #379 (1994) Meter: with refrain Scripture: Matthew 2 First Line: Brightest and best of the stars of the morning Refrain First Line: Brightest and best of the stars of the morning Lyrics: 1 Brightest and best of the stars of the morning, Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid; Star of the east, the horizon adorning, Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid. Refrain: Brightest and best of the stars of the morning, Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid; Star of the east, the horizon adorning, Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid. 2 Cold on his cradle the dewdrops are shining, Low lies his head with the beasts of the stall; Angels adore him in slumber reclining, Maker and Monarch and Savior of all. (Refrain) 3 Shall we then yield him, in costly devotion, Odors of Edom, and off'rings divine, Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean, Myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine? (Refrain) 4 Vainly we offer each ample oblation, Vainly with gifts would His favor secure, Richer by far is the heart’s adoration, Dearer to God are the pray'rs of the poor. (Refrain) 5 Brightest and best of the stars of the morning, Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid; Star of the east, the horizon adorning, Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid. (Refrain) Topics: Seasons and Feasts Epiphany Languages: English Tune Title: STAR IN THE EAST


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Percy Dearmer

1867 - 1936 Scripture: Matthew 2:16-18 Translator of "Unto Us a Boy Is Born" in Rejoice in the Lord Dearmer, Percy, M.A., son of Thomas Dearmer, was born in London, Feb. 27, 1867, and educated at Westminster School and at Christ Church, Oxford (B.A. 1890, M.A. 1896). He was ordained D. 1891, P. 1892, and has been since 1901 Vicar of S. Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill, London. He has been Secretary of the London Branch of the Christian Social Union since 1891, and is the author of The Parson's Handbook, 1st edition, 1899, and other works. He was one of the compilers of the English Hymnal, 1906, acting as Secretary and Editor, and contributed to it ten translations (38, 95, 150, 160, 165, 180, 215, 237, 352, 628) and portions of two others (242, 329), with the following originals:— 1. A brighter dawn is breaking. Easter. Suggested by the Aurora lucis, p. 95, but practically original. 2. Father, Who on man dost shower. Temperance. 3. God, we thank Thee, not in vain. Burial. 4. Holy God, we offer here. Holy Communion. 5. Jesu, good above all other. For Children. 6. Lord, the wind and sea obey Thee. For those at Sea. 7. The winter's sleep was long and deep. St. Philip and St. James. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

b. 1961 Scripture: Matthew 2:13-18 Author of "Mary Heard the Angel's Message" in Gifts of Love Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has been a pastor in rural, small town, suburban, and city churches; she has also served as a hospice chaplain, a hospital chaplain, and a school bus aide helping children with special needs. She and her husband Bruce are pastors of the First Presbyterian Union Church in Owego, NY. Carolyn is a gifted hymn writer who has written over 400 hymns. These hymns have been sung by congregations throughout the United States and around the world — from the Washington National Cathedral to St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland to St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa to small town churches and small household congregations; they have also been sung at national church and international ecumenical meetings. She has written four books: "I Sing to My Savior: New Hymns from the Stories in Luke's Gospel", "God's World is Changing: New Hymns for Advent and Christmas", "Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship" (Geneva Press) and "Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbo"r (Upper Room Books). Her hymns have been published in over 20 books. Two of her hymns have been published by the Choristers Guild as anthems. Carolyn was commissioned to write the lead article for the special issue on "Singing Our Lives" for Baylor University's "Christian Reflectio"n journal. Her hymns have also been in "Call to Worship" journal, "The Chorister" (cover story), "Reformed Worship," "The Presbyterian Outlook" and posted on thousands of web sites. All of her hymns can be found on her website with indices to scriptural references, topics, tunes, and the three-year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary: The World Council of Churches, National Council of Churches, Church World Service and Churches Uniting in Christ have asked her to write hymns. Habitat for Humanity International used a hymn by Carolyn for their 30th anniversary celebration. Family Promise (Interfaith Hospitality Network) did a music video of her hymn for their ministry with homeless families. The Humane Society of the United States did a music video contest of her hymn for their Blessing of the Animals service. The Presbyterian Church (USA) 216th General Assembly presented her with the "Ecumenical and Interreligious Service Recognition." Sojourners did a short video about her hymn writing. A Canadian scholar wrote her biography for the "Cambridge Dictionary for Hymnology." Feature stories about Carolyn's hymns addressing concerns facing the Church, nation and world, were done by The New Yorker, The Christian Century, America, National Public Radio, national PBS-TV, and newspapers (Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, New Jersey Courier Post, Delaware News Journal, and others). Carolyn is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and Princeton Theological Seminary. She finds joy in parish ministry, hymn writing, and most of all in her family as a wife, mother (and foster mother), grandmother, sister, and human parent to a rescue dog, "Annie." Carolyn sees her hymn writing as a partnership and is very grateful for prayers for her hymn writing, suggestions for hymns, gifts for hymn use and commissions, and invitations to speak at conferences, workshops, and church gatherings (in person and online). She hopes her hymns nurture people in their discipleship and support churches in their worship and service in the world. Sing to the Lord a new song! Copied from "About the Author" in "I Sing to My Savior: New Hymns from the Stories in Luke's Gospel." Email from Bruce Gillette

Ralph Vaughan Williams

1872 - 1958 Scripture: Matthew 2:18 Arranger of "SUSSEX CAROL" in Voices United Through his composing, conducting, collecting, editing, and teaching, Ralph Vaughan Williams (b. Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, England, October 12, 1872; d. Westminster, London, England, August 26, 1958) became the chief figure in the realm of English music and church music in the first half of the twentieth century. His education included instruction at the Royal College of Music in London and Trinity College, Cambridge, as well as additional studies in Berlin and Paris. During World War I he served in the army medical corps in France. Vaughan Williams taught music at the Royal College of Music (1920-1940), conducted the Bach Choir in London (1920-1927), and directed the Leith Hill Music Festival in Dorking (1905-1953). A major influence in his life was the English folk song. A knowledgeable collector of folk songs, he was also a member of the Folksong Society and a supporter of the English Folk Dance Society. Vaughan Williams wrote various articles and books, including National Music (1935), and composed numerous arrange­ments of folk songs; many of his compositions show the impact of folk rhythms and melodic modes. His original compositions cover nearly all musical genres, from orchestral symphonies and concertos to choral works, from songs to operas, and from chamber music to music for films. Vaughan Williams's church music includes anthems; choral-orchestral works, such as Magnificat (1932), Dona Nobis Pacem (1936), and Hodie (1953); and hymn tune settings for organ. But most important to the history of hymnody, he was music editor of the most influential British hymnal at the beginning of the twentieth century, The English Hymnal (1906), and coeditor (with Martin Shaw) of Songs of Praise (1925, 1931) and the Oxford Book of Carols (1928). Bert Polman