A Christmas Hymn

The tune is “Der Tag, der Ist So Freudenreich” (see below)

This is a day of joy for me,
The day of God’s appearing,
And all the guilt I see in me
Is quickly disappearing,
For here in perfect flesh and blood
Lies the incarnate God of God,
Divine and human natures;
To us a Child is born today,
A Son is giv’n to take away
The sins of us his creatures.

Rejoice with me, with me rejoice,
And join the angel chorus!
Sing to our God with happy voice,
Who opens heaven for us.
To God be glory! Peace to men!
Repeat the ancient hymn again
Till earth and heaven tremble,
For Christ our gracious King and Lord,
The one-begotten Father’s Word
Has come a baby humble.

Now dare I come with all my sins,
For He is born to bear them;
And in his flesh new life begins,
So, sinners, do not fear Him!
For if he wears your flesh and blood,
Then he must come for your own good,
To bear your every burden;
His flesh, it is the flesh of God,
And it shall feel His righteous rod
Until He wins our pardon.

As shepherds found their Savior there
With signs the angels gave them,
So sinners find their Savior here
With signs that truly save them;
For wrapped in water, bread and wine,
Is hidden Christ, the Light divine
To make a new creation;
Here I can meet my Lord again
And cleansing find for every stain
And full and free salvation.


Here is the tune:

About Pastor Mark Preus

Mark Preus is pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and Campus Center in Laramie, WY. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne with an M.Div. in 2008 and then obtained an M.A. in Classics at the University of KS in 2010. He was ordained at Faith Lutheran Church, Wylie, TX in August of 2010. He has been married to Becky since 2005. God has graciously given them four daughters and five sons. Pr. Preus loves to read and write poetry, especially Lutheran hymns, and talk theology with anybody who has an ear to listen. He also likes coffee too much and tobacco too much, as well as microbrew beer. He can also prove with reasonable certainty that Paul Gerhardt wrote most of his hymns while smoking and drinking beer.

You can find more of Pr. Preus's writings at his blog.


A Christmas Hymn — 3 Comments

  1. Mark,

    Thanks for this wonderful hymn! With some very minor changes, it seems to me it could also be sung to the tune “An Wasserfluessen Babylon,” (LSB 438 A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth). Just a thought…


  2. Mark:

    Thank you for your excellent hymns. Again, I still hold out the offer to write a new tune for this or any of your other hymns. Just let me know if you’re interested.

    In Christ,
    Rev. Robert Mayes
    Beemer, NE

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