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Christmas Day
The Red Candle for the Savior

This is a collection of scripture and songs to celebrate Christmas Day. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas, and culminates with the celebration of Christmas itself.

The Advent Candles

In sequence, light the gold candle for the prophets, the white candle for the angels, the green candle for the shepherds, the blue candle for the magi, and the red candle for the Savior.


Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
    you now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
    which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
    and for glory to your people Israel."

Luke 2:25-32 (NIV)

Hymns and Carols

What Child Is This

William C. Dix [public domain]

What Child is this, who laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping

This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
This, this is Christ the King
The Babe, the Son of Mary

Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding
Good Christian, fear. For sinners hear
The silent word is pleading

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh
Come, peasant, king, to own Him
The King of kings salvation brings
Let loving hearts enthrone Him

As with Gladness Men of Old

William C. Dix [public domain]

As with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold
As with joy they hailed its light
Leading onward, beaming bright
So most gracious Lord may we
Evermore be led to Thee

As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly manger bed
So to bend the knee before
Him Whom heav'n and earth adore
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek the mercy seat

As they offered gifts most rare
At that magner rude and bare
So may we with holy joy
Pure and free from sin's alloy
All our costliest treasures bring
Christ to Thee, our heav'nly King

Holy Jesus, ev'ry day
Keep us in the narrow way
And when earthly things are past
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide
Where no clouds Thy glory hide

Joy to the World

Isaac Watts [public domain]

Joy to the world! The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev'ry heart prepare him room
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n, and heav'n and nature sing

Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found
Far as the curse is found
Far as, far as the curse is found

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonders, wonders of His love

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