Second Sunday of Advent: Prepare the royal highway

Here’s a John the Baptist treat. The poetry here is a bit different from what’s the the Episcopal hymnal, but we can be ecumenical on 7WD. This version is Lutheran.

Prepare the royal highway;
The King of kings is near!
Let ev’ry hill and valley
A level road appear!
Then greet the king of glory
Foretold in sacred story:

Oh, blest is he that came
In God the Father’s name!

God’s people, see him coming:
Your own eternal king!
Palm branches strew before him!
Spread garments! Shout and sing!
God’s promise will not fail you!
No more shall doubt assail you!

Oh, blest is he that came
In God the Father’s name!

Then fling the gates wide open
To greet your promised king!
Your king, yet ev’ry nation
Its tribute too should bring.
All lands, bow down before him!
All voices, join in singing:

Oh, blest is he that came
In God the Father’s name!

His is no earthly kingdom;
It comes from heav’n above.
His rule is peace and freedom
And justice, truth, and love.
So let your praise be sounding
For kindness so abounding:

Oh, blest is he that came
In God the Father’s name!

Here’s a congregation singing (and signing) this along with an organist who knows how to lead a hymn.

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  1. paula says:

    Cool choir, great tune — but gotta dig 1982 #65’s toning down of the King and Father stuff !