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Thursday, December 25, 2008 

My Favorite Christmas Hymn

Of all of the good Christmas hymns out there “Of the Father’s love begotten” is by far my favorite.

Good hymnody is a sung confession of faith. What I love about this particular hymn is that it so beautifully repeats back to God how He has chosen to deal with his sinful and rebellious creation as revealed to us in His Holy Word. Instead of the wrath that we have earned with every thought word and deed, He has graciously chosen to send His Son, Jesus, God incarnate and yet wearing human flesh, to redeem a fallen world.

How comforting it is that the Savior first promised after man rebelled and foretold by all of the prophets of the Old Testament shows up as a baby in a manger. How comforting it is that He, born of the blessed virgin, would enter our world for the purpose of our salvation.

What a joy it is to sing this wonderful hymn on a Christmas morn. Merry Christmas everyone!

Of the Father’s love begotten,
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega,
He the source, the ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see,
Evermore and evermore!

At His Word the worlds were framèd;
He commanded; it was done:
Heaven and earth and depths of ocean
In their threefold order one;
All that grows beneath the shining
Of the moon and burning sun,
Evermore and evermore!

He is found in human fashion,
Death and sorrow here to know,
That the race of Adam’s children
Doomed by law to endless woe,
May not henceforth die and perish
In the dreadful gulf below,
Evermore and evermore!

O that birth forever blessèd,
When the virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
Bare the Savior of our race;
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face,
evermore and evermore!

O ye heights of heaven adore Him;
Angel hosts, His praises sing;
Powers, dominions, bow before Him,
and extol our God and King!
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Every voice in concert sing,
Evermore and evermore!

This is He Whom seers in old time
Chanted of with one accord;
Whom the voices of the prophets
Promised in their faithful word;
Now He shines, the long expected,
Let creation praise its Lord,
Evermore and evermore!

Righteous judge of souls departed,
Righteous King of them that live,
On the Father’s throne exalted
None in might with Thee may strive;
Who at last in vengeance coming
Sinners from Thy face shalt drive,
Evermore and evermore!

Thee let old men, thee let young men,
Thee let boys in chorus sing;
Matrons, virgins, little maidens,
With glad voices answering:
Let their guileless songs re-echo,
And the heart its music bring,
Evermore and evermore!

Christ, to Thee with God the Father,
And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant with high thanksgiving,
And unwearied praises be:
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory,
Evermore and evermore!

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This is my favorite, too. Thanks for posting all the stanzas!

You're welcome. I hope you guys had a great Christmas!

The good ol' methodo-bapti-costal Christmas carols seem to come up a little short after one becomes accustomed to "Of the Father's Love Begotten," "From Heaven Above to Earth I come," and many of the great advent hymns such as "Savior of the Nations Come."

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