Christmas/Advent Poems/Prayers

O Savior of Our Fallen Race

Here’s the hauntingly beautiful ancient hymn we featured at our Christmas Eve service. Listen below after reading the words.

O SAVIOR OF OUR FALLEN RACE

Ancient Christmas Hymn, circa 6th Century

O Savior of our fallen race,

O Brightness of the Father’s face,

O Son who shared the Father’s might

Before the world knew day or night,

O Jesus, very Light of light,

Our constant star in sin’s deep night:

Now hear the prayers Your people pray

Throughout the world this holy day.

Remind us Lord of life and grace

How once, to save our fallen race,

You put our human vesture on

And came to us as Mary’s son.

Today, as year by year its light

Brings to our world a promise bright

One precious truth outshines the sun:

Salvation comes from You alone.

For from the Father’s throne You came,

His banished children to reclaim;

And earth and sea and sky revere

The love of Him who sent You here.

And we are jubilant today,

For You have washed our guilt away.

O hear the glad new song we sing

On this, the birth of Christ our King!

O Savior of our fallen race,

The world will see Your radiant face

For You who came to us before

Will come again and all restore.

Let songs of praise Your name adorn,

O Christ, Redeemer, virgin-born

Whom with the Father we adore

And Holy Spirit evermore. Alleluia!

Jeremy Berg is the founding pastor of MainStreet Covenant Church in Mound, Minnesota, and Professor of Theology at Solid Rock Discipleship School. Jeremy is completing his doctorate in New Testament Context under Dr. Scot McKnight at Northern Seminary in Chicago. He holds a M.A. in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary (2005) and B.A. from Bethel University (2002). He and his wife, Kjerstin, keep busy chasing around three kids, Peter, Isaak and Abigail.

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