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By December 19, 2023December 21st, 2023Faith & Learning

In the Bleak Midwinter

My favorite Christmas Carol is the sober sounding “In the Bleak Midwinter”. This hymn is not as dynamic as your familiar Christmas songs for a song about the birth of Jesus, but it does refocus our attention to what many call the “true meaning of Christmas”. Where a lot of Christmas hymns lean into the more fantastical elements such as angels, stars, and kings, “In the Bleak Midwinter” points us instead to the ordinary: a cold day, a straw bed, a mother’s kiss. It reminds us that Jesus’ story is first and foremost a human story just like ours. And it reminds us that all we need to offer him is our humble human hearts.

Mr. David Illman, Upper School Principal

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.Our God, heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain,
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty —
Jesus Christ.
Enough for Him, whom cherubim
Worship night and day,
A breastful of milk
And a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom Angels
Fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel
Which adore.Angels and Archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air;
But only His Mother
In her maiden bliss
Worshipped the Beloved
With a kiss.
What can I give Him,
Poor as I am? —
If I were a Shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man
I would do my part, —
Yet what I can I give Him, —
Give my heart.

Author: Christina Georgina Rossetti (c. 1872)'

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