Long Ago, Prophets Knew

I absolutely adore this Christmas hymn and in this version of it the horns are an amazing touch that add to the spirit of the lyrics. Sacred music has a multiplying effect on our prayers and devotions to Jesus Christ which is why I will be sharing more of it here on this site. I apologize in advance if the “ring, ring” and “sing, sing” part of this hymn get stuck in your head all day, but that is also kind of the point.

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.
Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
When He comes,
When He comes,
Who will make Him welcome?

Mary, hail! Though afraid;
She believed, she obeyed.
In her womb God is laid;
Till the time expected
Nurtured and protected.
Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
When He comes,
When He comes,
Who will make Him welcome?

Journey ends! Where afar
Bethlem shines, like a star,
Stable door stands ajar.
Unborn Son of Mary,
Saviour, do not tarry!
Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
Jesus comes!
Jesus comes!
Let us make Him welcome.

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