Songs & Hymns

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

(Gathering, General)
This traditional English Christmas carol is sung to a tune by the German composer Felix Mendelssohn.  The words tell us about the sacrifice that Christ made so that life and healing could be brought to the world.

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Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
Joyful all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim,
'Christ is born in Bethlehem.'
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King.

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of a virgin's womb:
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with us to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel:
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King.

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace,
Hail the Sun of Righteousness;
Light and life to all he brings,
Ris'n with healing in his wings:
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that we no more may die,
Born to raise us from the earth,
Born to give us second birth:
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King.

This arrangement © 2005 The Royal School of Church Music, 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EB.  This song may be photocopied under the terms of the CCLE Music Reproduction Licence. CCLI Song No. 27738. Please include every item you copy in your annual report quoting 'Worship Workshop'.

Music produced and mixed by Nic Rowley at Vandborg Studios. Backing tracks arranged, performed and recorded by Nic Rowley, Jane Carr, James Welch and Katie Chatburn.  Recording engineer James Welch at Masterlink Productions. Organist Gillian Lloyd. Recorded on the organ of Guildford United Reformed Church by kind permission of the Elders.

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