Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 20

 

 

“The Nativity,” by Brian Jekel

 

“Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.”  (The title page of the Book of Mormon)

 

“You know, we can quote the written Word all day to our friends, but nothing will touch them like our own hunger and love for the Word himself. It is not dutiful love that attracts but love freely lavished from a heart familiar with the gardens of heaven.”  (Amy Layne Litzelman)

 

Jester Joseph Hairston (1901-2000), a North Carolina-born grandson of slaves, wrote “Mary’s Boy Child” in 1956.  Harry Belafonte made it a hit that year, followed by the great Mahalia Jackson.  Here is Belafonte’s performance of “Mary’s Boy Child”:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ4FK1uXm_U

 

Long time ago in Bethlehem
So the Holy Bible say
Mary’s boy child, Jesus Christ
Was born on Christmas day.
Hark, now hear the angels sing
A new King born today
And man will live forever more
Because of Christmas day.
While shepherds watched their flock by night
And see a bright new shining star
And hear a choir sing
The music seem to come from afar.
Now Joseph and his wife Mary
Come to Bethlehem that night
And find no place to borne she child
Not a single room was in sight.
Hark, now hear the angels sing
A new King born today
And man will live forever more
Because of Christmas day.
By and by they find a little nook
In a stable all forlorn
And in a manger cold and dark
Mary’s little boy was born.
Hark, now hear the angels sing
A new King born today
And man will live forever more
Because of Christmas day.

 

Harry Belafonte (b. 1927)
The 1950s “King of Calypso”

 

 

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