1. On Christmas night all Christians sing
To hear what news those angels bring;
News of great joy, news of great mirth,
News of our Saviour King’s own birth.
2. Then why should men on earth be so sad
Since our Redeemer made us glad,
When from sin He set us free
All for to gain our liberty.
3. Now sin depart, behold His grace,
Everlasting life comes in its place,
And soon we shall its terror see
And poor and rich must conquered be.
4. Then out of darkness we see light,
Which makes all angels to sing this night
Glory to God and peace to men
Both now and evermore. Amen.
Traditional English Carol collected by Ralph Vaughn Williams
This day, of all days, we are reminded that we are set free through God joining with us, walking with us, telling us His story through His Word, and suffering with and for us. He knows us as we are and we need not hide from Him. So why be sad? He has come to us, this Child of God and man. This song’s lilting melody reminds us of the joy we celebrate today.