Let Us Go Too!

Today in Bethlehem, today in Bethlehem,
There is merry news.
That the pure Maiden, that the pure Maiden
Has borne a son!

(Refrain:)

Christ is born
He’s going to deliver us
The angels are playing music
The kings are bidding welcome
The shepherds are singing
The cattle are kneeling
Wonders, wonders do they announce!

Mary the Maiden, Mary the Maiden
Is nursing the child
And Saint Joseph and Saint Joseph
He’s taking care of Her.

Although in a little barn, although in a little barn
The Maiden is bearing Her son
After all He’ll soon, after all He’ll soon
deliver the people!

And the Three Kings, and the Three Kings
arrived from the east
and they gathered precious
gifts for the Lord, gifts for the Lord

Let’s go too, let’s go too
To adore Him.
and bid welcome to Jesus
King of Kings, King of Kings!

Christ is born
He’s going to deliver us
The angels are playing music
The kings are bidding welcome
The shepherds are singing
The cattle are kneeling
Wonders, wonders do they announce!
~Today in Bethlehem
My grandparents were Polish immigrants, coming to this country in the early 1920s. My father Eugene Pasinski was the youngest and born here in the states, in Pennsylvania. Like most Poles, his family attended the Roman Catholic Church and were people of deep and abiding faith. Although my father moved to Ferndale, far from his family and the Polish community in which he was raised, he carried many of the holiday traditions with him. Every Christmas Eve we would open the lovely cards sent to us by relatives in the east, cards containing the Oplatki or Christmas wafer. Oplatki originated in Poland during early Christian times and are wonderfully designed to display Christmas images such as the Nativity. Each family member and guest would receive a piece of the wafer and break it into pieces to exchange with all present, offering a simple blessing such as, “Christ be with you!” or “Merry Christmas!” The blessing is not only an expression of love and forgiveness, but also joy because of the birth of Christ. Before we would share the Oplatki, my father would often sing this simple Polish carol in his native tongue. I never knew what the words meant, but the sweet tune stayed with me always. So this Christmas I invite you to listen to this song from my childhood and to join me as the writer of the carol entreats us: “Let us go too, let us go too, to adore Him; and to bid welcome to Jesus, King of Kings!”

~Leslie Drury

Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

 

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