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December 25: All Bells in Paradise (C)

“I proclaim to you good news of great joy: today a Saviour is born for us, Christ the Lord.” Luke 2: 10-11

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“All Bells in Paradise” 

John Rutter, and the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge

Deep in the cold of winter,

Darkness and silence were everywhere;

Softly and clearly, there came through the stillness

A wonderful sound to hear:

All bells of paradise I heard them ring,

Sounding in majesty the news that they bring;

All bells in paradise I heard them ring,

Welcoming our Saviour, born on earth a heavenly King.

All bells in paradise I heard them ring:

‘Glory to God on high’ the angel voices sing.

Lost in awe and wonder,

Doubting I asked what this sign might be:

Christ our Messiah revealed in a stable,

A marvelous sight to see.

All bells in paradise I heard them ring,

Sounding in majesty the news that they bring;

All bells in paradise I heard them ring,

Welcoming our Saviour, born on earth a heavenly King.

He comes down in peace, a child in humility,

The keys to his kingdom belong to the poor;

Before him shall kneel the kings with their treasures,

Gold incense and myrrh.

All bells in paradise I heard them ring,

Sounding in majesty the news that they bring;

All bells in paradise I heard them ring,

Welcoming our Saviour, born on earth a heavenly King.

All bells in paradise I heard them ring:

‘Glory to God on high’ the angel voices sweetly sing.

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