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Title from the Hymns of Universal Praise. English lyrics by Malcolm Sargent , set to a traditional tune. John Mason Neale , music: Based on a medieval Latin hymn " Puer natus in Bethlehem ", publ. Grundtvig from a medieval Danish Advent hymn. Schultz, who translated ancient Latin carol, "Gloria in excelsis Deo," into German. Set by numerous composers, most notably by Boris Ord and Peter Warlock. James Montgomery ; music: Henry Thomas Smart, , to the tune of "Regent Square".
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Set to same tune as " For the Beauty of the Earth ". More than 40 settings are known. Most popular US version is by James R. Peter Warlock composer Bruce Blunt poet. Mostly used in Christmas and Epiphany services of the Anglican church. Mykola Leontoyvch , Peter J.
Jehan Tabourot , words: When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, 'Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Ken Elkinson-The Star of Christmas Morning - Videos, Songs, Discography, Lyrics
They're often called the 'Three Kings', but the Bible doesn't say how many there were, or that they were even kings! They became three because of the gifts they brought with them. They were indeed 'wise men'. The Magi were 'Magupati', a title given to priests in a sect of the ancient Persian religions such as Zoroastrianism.
Today we'd called them astrologers. Back then astronomy and astrology were part of the same overall studies and 'science' and went hand in hand with each other. The magi would have followed the patterns of the stars religiously. They would have also probably been very rich and held in high esteem in their own society and by people who weren't from their country or religion. Find out more about the Magi in the Christmas Story. They had seen an unusual new star in the sky, and knew that it told of the birth of a special King in Israel. But what did they see? The Bible says they 'saw it in the east' and then when they were in Jerusalem that it 'went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was'.
A very accurate translation of 'saw it in the east' is 'in the first light of dawn', so not just in the East, but early in the morning. And when the Magi were in Jerusalem it would have been in the south, over Bethlehem.
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We also know that it must have been a sign for something very new and unusual; that it signified in their astrology there was a new King in Israel and that it was worth traveling to find him! It would have also had to happen over a period of time, from when the Magi were in Persia to when they've traveled to Israel and met with King Herod. It also had to happen before King Herod died! So knowing the astrology and signs that the Magi understood, people have tried to find the star.
Here are a few of the explanations:. Comets streaking across the sky have been seen as signs of forthcoming events for thousands of years. The big problem with a comet is that they are nearly always seen as the sign of a death of a King or something else bad happening.