Joyful Harts Music Library
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
It came upon the midnight clear,
that glorious song of old,
from angels bending near the earth
to touch their harps of gold:
"Peace on the earth, good will to men,
from heaven's all-gracious King."
The world in solemn stillness lay,
to hear the angels sing.
Still through the cloven skies they come
with peaceful wings unfurled,
and still their heavenly music floats
o'er all the weary world;
above its sad and lowly plains,
they bend on hovering wing,
and ever o'er its Babel sounds
the blessed angels sing.
And ye, beneath life's crushing load,
whose forms are bending low,
who toil along the climbing way
with painful steps and slow,
look now! for glad and golden hours
come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road,
and hear the angels sing!
The sound file is looped.
1. As the song plays the first time, (During Verse 1) make remarks about the glorious time of year where we pause to celebrate the birth of Christ our Savior. Emphasize how this is a time of love, peace, and joy which should continue throughout the coming year.
2. As the song continues, (During Verses 2 - 3) read
Luke 2:4 - 15. Let the song end.
3. When the song restarts, sing Verses 1 - 3 together.
4. Prayer and Meditation.
Luke Chapter 2
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.