Archive for December 24th, 2008

Compared to Al Capone – few have sinned

                     Compared to Jesus Christ – all have sinned.         -eab, 2/2/06

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He was announced to Mary

His mother for earthly mold.

She knew He’d be special,

For she had been foretold.


And He was announced to Joseph

Temporal man at family’s head.

– Joseph married anyway –

His greatness is still read.


He was announced to herders,

‘Round campfires on Judah‘s hills;

Men know for their roughness –

Flesh, less frivolous frills.


Creatures from Glorious Yonder,

Harmonized them on the wing.

Announcements were made in verse.

Song is a wondrous thing!


He was announced to wise ones,

Far across Near Eastern sand.

Twilight’s lavender shade,

A new star joined the band.


“It can mean but one thing,” they said,

“A new head there is to crown.”

Camel and prince, and his gift

Traversed waves sifty, brown.


Each old herald in manner,

Is thanked for his timely thought,

But from their time, to ours,

The news had to be brought.


Burlap-clad, unsung, greats of yore

Told son’s sons, time on time.

Some traveled long, hard and late

In a worse, foreign clime.


Decades passed the Word along;

Announcements were made to tribes;

Were made in chieftain’s huts

Via tokens and bribes,


Were made inside the palace gates,

Were made to craftsman and slave,

To the weak, growing weaker,

To brawny man, thought brave.


Until, O Joyous Hour,

(After centuries of trust

It still was being told,

For telling it is a must)


Someone announced His birth to you –

To me, the story was clear.

Throughout this Christmas Season,

May their mem’ry be dear.        – eab, 12/83


Penned in Friendsville, Tennessee on the western edge of Blount County.

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“Angels from the Realms of Glory”   (Stanza 1)

Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story,
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth:
Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King!

Today is the day (12/24/1816) that James Montgomery published his famous Carol “Angels from the Realms of Glory.”  Montgomery, born of missionary parents (West Indies) was from Scotland.  He went to England and evenuatly published the Iris  a newpaper in Sheffield, England.  It was in this paper he printed this Carol.

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