Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Tenth Day Of Christmas 2015-16

This year the tenth day of Christmas also marks the second Sunday of the season. The Lutheran church calendar is quiet but here is always a verse for the day:

Alleluia! Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad before the Lord, for He hath made known his salvation.   

And here is some music for the day:

Little star of Bethlehem!
Do we see Thee now?
Do we see Thee shining
O'er the tall trees?

Little child of Bethlehem!
Do we hear Thee in our hearts?
Hear the angels singing:
Peace on earth, good will to men!

O'er the cradle of a King
Hear the Angels sing:
In Excelsis Gloria, Gloria!
From his Father's home on high,
Lo! for us He came to die;
Hear the Angels sing:
Venite adoremus Dominum

The American composer, Charles Ives (1874-1954), wrote this carol in 1894.  It's simple and a century ahead of its time. Unfortunately Ives's music was virtually ignored until many years after his death.  

Our illustration for the day is another postcard from the Vienna Secession of the early 1900's. In case you didn't  ensure yourself a year of good luck on New Year's Day by meeting a chimney sweep or kissing  a pig, this card is for you. 


Photos and Illustrations:, Wiener Werkstatte postcard, No 962, Fritz Lowensohn

Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, United Lutheran Church in America, 1919

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