HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING
Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for Me One who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times. (Micah 5:2)
Christmas carols as we know them now were abolished by the English Puritan parliament in 1627 because they were a part of a worldly festival,” which they considered the celebration of Christmas to be. As a result, there was a scarcity oi Christmas hymns and carols in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Charles Wesley’ “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” was one of the few written during this period. Wesley’s fine text and the melody by master composer Felix Mendelssohn have given this hymn its great popularity and its standing as a classic among Christmas songs.
Like many of Charles Wesley’s more than 6,500 hymns, this text clearly presents
biblical doctrine in poetic language. The first stanza describes the song of the angels outside Bethlehem with an invitation to join them in praise of Christ. The following verses present the truths of the virgin birth, Christ’s deity, the immortality of the soul, the new birth, and a prayer for the transforming power of Christ in our lives.
For more than 200 years, believers have been enlightened and blessed by the
picturesque manner in which Charles Wesley has retold the truths of our Savior’s birth.
For Today:: Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 2:1-7, 14
Be so in tune with the exultant song of the angels during this Christmas time that others may see and hear that Christ dwells with you.
Mendelssohn tune Felix Mende]ssohn, 1809-1847