Lent & Advent


Carolyn Matthews

November 28, 2022

Songs of Advent


Hark a Herald Voice is Sounding

(This Advent hymn is which is based on the 5th century Latin hymn “En clara vox redarguit.” The words were translated to English by Edward Casswall (1814-1878). Some versions have the first line as “Hark a herald voice is sounding”, or “Hark a thrilling voice is sounding.” The meter is 87 87.)


Colossians 3:12-17 (NRSVUE)

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


Hark! A Herald Voice is Calling


Hark! a herald voice is calling:
Christ is nigh’ it seems to say;
Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!’


Startled at the solemn warning,
Let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, her Sun, all sloth dispelling
Shines upon the morning skies.


Lo! the lamb so long expected,
Comes with pardon down from heaven;
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all to be forgiven;


So when next he comes in glory,
Shrouding all the earth in fear,
May he then as our defender
On the clouds of heaven appear.


Honour, glory, virtue merit,
To the Father and the Son,
With the co-eternal Spirit
While unending ages run.