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Sat, Dec 13th - 4:34PM

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee to-night.

O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth!
And praises sing to God the King,
And peace to men on earth.
For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above,
While mortals sleep the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.

How silently, how silently,
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His Heaven.
No ear may hear His coming;
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still
The dear Christ enters in.

Where children pure and happy
Pray to the blessed Child,
Where Misery cries out to Thee,
Son of the Mother mild;
Where Charity stands watching,
And Faith holds wide the door,
The dark night wakes, the glory breaks,
And Christmas comes once more.

O holy Child of Bethlehem!
Descend to us we pray!
Cast out our sin and enter in,
Be born in us to-day.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O, come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel!

This popular Christmas hymn was written by Phillips Brooks (1835-93), an Episcopal priest, who was inspired when he was visiting the little town of Bethlehem in 1865 and three years later, wrote the poem for his church.

Brooks was born in Boston, and educated at Harvard University and the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia. He went to Philadelphia and became rector of the Church of the Advent in 1859 and of Holy Trinity Church in 1862. In 1869 he was called to Boston as rector of Trinity Church and in 1891 was elected 6th Bishop of Massachusetts.

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Sun, Oct 19th - 7:35AM

George Wallace Briggs (1875-1959) was an English hymn writer and Anglican clergyman.

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Fri, Dec 21st - 9:36AM

Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gath'ring winter fuel

"Hither, page, and stand by me
If thou know'st it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?"
"Sire, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes' fountain."

"Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear him thither."
Page and monarch forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind's wild lament
And the bitter weather

"Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer."
"Mark my footsteps, my good page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter's rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly."

In his master's steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing

John Mason Neale (18181866) wrote the lyrics in 1853. It was set to a tune based on a 13th century spring carol "Tempus adest floridum" ("The time is near for flowering") first published in the 1582 Finnish song collection Piae Cantiones.

Neale was an English cleric, who wrote or translated over 700 hymns. Shortly after becoming an Anglican priest, he was prohibited from carrying out his clerical duties by his bishop because of his Tractarian Catholic views. As a result he never had a parish, but instead worked as a warden in an almshouse.

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Sat, Apr 14th - 12:30PM

The Circle of Faith is a fellowship of Anglican Web Sites that proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord & Saviour and uplifts and blesses the Body of Christ.

"I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart"
Psalm 86:12

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Thu, Mar 1st - 5:49AM

World Day of Prayer 2012 - Malaysia

Righteous and merciful God, we are burdened by unjust actions around us.

People have been robbed of their rightful place through unrighteous dealings.

Corruption and greed are threatening your way of truth.

Forgive our reluctance to address difficult situations in our society and indifference towards injustice.

We thank you for your promise that when we confess our sins you are merciful, faithful and just, and we are forgiven through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The theme for tomorrow's
World Day of Prayer
is Let Justice Prevail

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