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Christmas 2015 – Ancient Voices
Christ, Redeemer of All
A 6th Century Christmas Hymn of the church
Jesus, the Father’s only Son,
whose death for all redemption won,
before the worlds, of God most high,
begotten all ineffably.
The Father’s Light and Splendour
You’re the endless Hope to all that bow:
accept the prayers and praise today
that through the world Your servants pay.
Salvation’s author, call to mind
how, taking the form of humankind,
born of a Virgin undefiled,
You in man’s flesh became a Child.
Thus testifies the present day
Through every year in long array,
that You, salvation’s source alone
proceeded from the Father’s Throne.
From the sky, and stars, and sea’s abyss,
and earth, and all that within there is,
shall still, with praise and carol meet,
the Author of Your Advent greet.
And we who by Your precious Blood
from sin redeemed, are marked for God,
on this, the day that saw your Birth,
sing the new song of ransomed earth.
All honour, praise, and glory be,
O Jesus, Virgin-born, to You;
whom with the Father we adore,
and Holy Ghost forevermore.
**translation: John Mason Neale (with updated English)