A Christmas Hymn

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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:

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