A Sacred Harp Creed for Christmas

I confess that at times my obsession with the music and culture of shape-note singing gets the better of me…for example thinking that I could coax my sacred harp choir into singing this for Advent (355 – Anthem on the Savior) There’s nothing particularly beautiful or historic about this creed-like song (quite to the contrary!) but I thought it was worth sharing and pondering during this advent/xmas season. Written by B.F. White one of the main compilers of the Sacred Harp (1850).  text | youtube

My friends, come listen awhile,
And I will tell you a story about our loving Savior;
He came of low estate,
Was rejected by His own,
Was born of the Virgin Mary,
And was cradled in a manger.

The next we hear of this blessed Savior,
He was going about doing good;
And teaching people righteousness;
And for this He was condemned to die,
To which He consented,

And in the act of dying gave up the ghost,
And said, It is finished!
Then He was buried,
And the third day,
He rose from the grave,
A triumphant Conqueror,
And ascended to mansions on high,

And is now exalted a Prince and a Savior,
And grants repentance unto men,
Then let us praise Him,
Magnify and adore,
World without end. Amen.

You can check out some of the Sacred Harp songs we have sung for Christmas HERE.

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