|Before the marvel of this night|
Adoring, fold your wings and bow,
Then tear the sky apart with light
And with your news the world endow.
Proclaim the birth of Christ and peace,
That fear and death and sorrow cease.
Sing peace, sing peace, sing gift of peace
Sing peace, sing gift of peace!
Awake the sleeping world with song,
This is the day the Lord has made.
Assemble here celestial throng,
In royal splendor come arrayed.
Give earth a glimpse of heavenly bliss
A teasing taste of what they miss
Sing bliss, sing bliss, sing endless bliss
Sing bliss sing endless bliss
The love that we have always known
Our joy and endless light
Now to the loveless world be shown
Now break upon its deathly night
Into one song compress the love
That rules our universe above
Sing love sing love Sing God is love,
Sing love sing God is love.
Words by Jaroslav J Vajda
Music by Carl Schalk
This lovely anthem is our music offering for Christmas Eve. The words are a beautiful poem that brings to mind the night sky: “torn apart with light,” “assemble her celestial throng,” “give earth a glimpse of heavenly bliss.” I decided to pair this anthem with some pictures of our skies, thinking of the Star of Bethlehem and Saturn and Jupiter’s celestial display this week.
Jaroslav J. Vajda (1919-2008), author of this poem, was an ordained Lutheran minister born in Ohio of Czechoslavakian parents. He was educated at Cooncordia College in Indiana and served parishes in that area.
Our singers are Phred Mileski, Gerri Smith, Nancy Lewandowski, Chris Woodside, Sandy Loether, Bill Chatman, Richard Pittsinger, Scott Konrad, and me, at the organ.Our video was assembled by Patrick Smith, who also put together our entire choir video, O Come All Ye Faithful for you.