O Little Town of Bethlehem | Advent Hymn of the Week

the hopes and dreams of all the years are met in Thee tonight

In a tiny town, to a poor woman, on a regular night, Jesus came into the world as a little baby.

The strongest one in the world became weak. The most powerful God became a helpless baby. To rescue his people, Jesus became like his people.

This rescue plan looked so different than what God’s people were expecting.


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 tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary;
and, gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep
their watch of wond’ring love.
O morning stars, together
proclaim the holy birth,
and praises sing to God the King,
and peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently,
the wondrous gift is giv’n!
So God imparts to human hearts
the blessings of His heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming,
but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive Him still,
the dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem,
descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin and enter in;
be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels,
the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Emmanuel!

Scripture: Micah 5:2
Text: Phillip Brooks (1868)
Music: ST. LOUIS, Lewis H. Redner (1868)
Copyright: Public Domain


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