Long Ago Prophets Knew

We sang this at Mass today. Such a simple Christmas hymn, but so stirring.

Long ago, prophets knew
Christ would come, born a Jew,
come to make all things new;
bear his people’s burden,
freely love and pardon.

Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
When he comes,
when he comes,
who will make him welcome?

God in time, God in man,
this is God’s timeless plan:
He will come, as a man,
born himself of woman,
God divinely human: Refrain

Mary hail! Though afraid,
she believed, she obeyed.
In her womb, God is laid:
till the time expected,
nurtured and protected, Refrain

Journey ends! Where afar
Bethlehem shines, like a star,
stable door stands ajar.
unborn Son of Mary,
Savior, do not tarry!

Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
Jesus comes!
Jesus comes!
We will make him welcome!

From here.


About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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5 Responses to Long Ago Prophets Knew

  1. sweetpea1900 says:

    Thank you Brother B.!
    I just loved this beautiful and stirring song!
    May God Be With You and Many Blessings,
    Cindy S.


  2. sweetpea1900 says:

    Reblogged this on Veil of Lace and commented:
    A perfectly beautiful song originally posted by Brother Burrito on


  3. GC says:

    Very good, Brother Burrito, and rather spot on for the last few days before Christmas!

    I see, though the tune is Theodoric (or Personent hodie), that the words are by Fred Pratt Green (1902-2000), a well known Methodist minister, poet and hymn-writer.



  4. Brother Burrito says:

    Hey GC, you can edit comments too, but I did that correction for you.


  5. GC says:

    Thanks, Brother B. I can see it now.


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