Program cover for lesson and carols

The Invitatory

Angels from the Realms of Glory
Henry T. Smart, arr. Dan Forrest

LaGrange College Singers
Andrew Harry (piano)

 

Angels from the realms of glory, wing your flight o’er all the earth.
Ye who sang creation’s story now proclaim Messiah’s birth.
Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ the newborn King!

Shepherds in the field abiding, watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing, yonder shines the infant light.
Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ the newborn king!

Sages, leave your contemplation, brighter visions beam afar.  
Seek the great desire of nations, ye have seen His natal star.
Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ the newborn King!

All creation join in praising God, the Father, Spirit, Son.
Evermore your voices raising to th’ eternal Three in One!
Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ the newborn King!

 

 

The Bidding Prayer

Rev. Dr. Adam Roberts, Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life

 

 

The First Lesson

Genesis 3:8-15, 17-19 
Read by Savanna Hicks ’21, Theatre Arts

Lost in the Night
Finnish Folk Tune, arr. Kyle Haugen

Emily Crowe, Tyra Crowe, Kyle Hildebrand
Andrew Harry (piano), Ken Passmore (vibraphone, crotales), Tessa Scanlon (cello)

 

Lost in the night do the people yet languish,
Longing for morning the darkness to vanquish,
Plaintively heaving a sigh full of anguish.
Will not day come soon?

Must we be vainly awaiting the morrow?
Shall those who have light no light let us borrow,
Giving no heed to our burden of sorrow?
Will you help us soon?

Sorrowing wand’rers, in darkness yet dwelling,
Dawned has the day of a radiance excelling,
Death’s dreaded darkness forever dispelling.
Christ is coming soon!

 

The Second Lesson

Genesis 22:15-18 
Read by Akil Corbin ’23, Pre-law

Born in Me
JJ Heller
Lauren Hicks

 

How can it be that a stable so small
Could somehow contain enough room for us all?
It’s a story that turned the whole world upside down
Giving birth to a kingdom where lost hopes are found.

It might sound too wonderful
Too good to be
I think I feel
Hope being born in me.

How can it be that a poor peasant girl
Was chosen to mother the king of the world?
And there in that moment the tiniest spark
Grew into the flame that erases the dark.

It might sound too wonderful
Too good to be
I think I feel
Hope being born in me

How could it be that a baby’s first breath
Would be the beginning of conquering death?
The lowly are lifted and given a voice
Now they sing with the angels “Rejoice!”

It might sound too wonderful
Too good to be
I think I feel
Hope being born in me

 

 

The Third Lesson

Isaiah 9:2-7 
Read by Cole Reihing ’21, Theatre Arts

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
15th Century French Melody, arr. Carol Kelley

Olivia White, Carter White
Andrew Harry (piano)

 

O come, o come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice, rejoice!  Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer, Our spirits by Thine advent here.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice, rejoice!  Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, desire of nations, bind, In one the hearts of mankind.
Bid Thou our divisions cease and be Thyself our King of Peace.
Rejoice, rejoice!  Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

 

The Fourth Lesson

Isaiah 11:1-6, 9 
Read by Dr. David Ahearn, Chair, Religion and Philosophy

A La Nanita Nana
Traditional Spanish Carol, arr. Sherry Porterfield

Lauren Collins, Emily Crowe, Mikayla Drake, Stevie Nix, Rebekah Powers
Andrew Harry (piano), Mitchell Turner (guitar), Jacob Broome (bass)

 

A la nanita nana, nanita ea. Come, let’s sing a little lullaby.
Mi Jesus tiene sueño My Jesus is sleepy
bendito sea, bendito sea. Blessed be, blessed be.
 
Fuentecilla que corres clara y sonora. Like a fountain flowing clear and loud.
Ruiseñor q’en la selva cantando lloras, Nightingale in the forest sings and weeps,
callad mientras la cuna se balancea. Hush, while the cradle rocks.
 
A la nanita nana, nanita ea. Come, let’s sing a little lullaby.

 

 

The Fifth Lesson

Luke 1:26-38 
Read by Kim Barber Knoll, Professor, Theatre Arts

Gabriel’s Message
Basque Carol, arr.
Jody Killingsworth and Philip Moyer

Kyle Hildebrand ’22, Landon Bell ’21
Mitchell Turner and Garrett Lehman (guitar), Callie Hammond (violin), Tessa Scanlon (cello)

 

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
His wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;
“All hail,” said he, “thou lowly maiden Mary,
Most highly favored lady,”
Gloria!

“For know, a blessed mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honor thee.
Thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,
Most highly favored lady,”
Gloria!

The gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
“To me be as it pleaseth God,” she said,
“My soul shall laud and magnify His holy Name,”
Most highly favored lady,
Gloria!

Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ was born
In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
And ev’ryone throughout the world will ever say:
“Most highly favored lady,”
Gloria!

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
His wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;
“All hail,” said he, “thou lowly maiden Mary,
Most highly favored lady,”
Gloria!

 

 

The Sixth Lesson

Luke 2:1-7 
Read by Erielle Robinson ’23, Musical Theatre

Hallelu!
Stephen Paulus

Stevie Nix, Joely Peterman
Andrew Harry (piano)

 

Down in a valley, sing Hallelu!
Mary had a baby, sing Hallelu!
What did she name Him, sing Hallelu!
Named Him Jesus, sing Hallelu!

 

 

The Seventh Lesson

Luke 2:8-16 
Read by Dr. Linda McMullen, Associate Professor, Management

Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
French carol, arr. Jimmy Baas

LaGrange College Women’s Chorus
Andrew Harry (piano), Ken Passmore (bells)

 

Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabella!
Bring a torch, to the stable run.
Christ is born.  Tell the folk of the village
Jesus is born and Mary’s calling
Ah!  Ah!  Beautiful is the Mother! 
Ah!  Ah!  Beautiful is her child! 

It is wrong when the child is sleeping,
It is wrong to talk so loud.
Silence, now as you gather around,
Lest your noise should waken Jesus.
Hush!  Hush!  See how He slumbers.
Hush!  Hush!  See how fast He sleeps.

Softly now unto the stable,
Softly for a moment come.
Look and see how charming is Jesus,
Look at Him there, His cheeks are rosy!
Hush!  Hush!  See how the child is sleeping.
Hush!  Hush!  See how He smiles in dreams!

 

 

The Eighth Lesson

Matthew 2:1-12 
Read by Colby Bell ’22, Musical Theatre

Sweet Little Jesus Boy
Traditional Spiritual, arr. Babbie Mason
Babbie Mason, Composition and Songwriting, Adjunct Faculty

 

Sweet little Jesus boy 
They made you be born in a manger
Sweet little Holy Child
And we didn’t know who you was 

Didn’t know you’d come to save us Lord
To take our sins away
Our eyes were blind, we could not see
And we didn’t know who you was

The world treats you mean Lord, 
Well they treat me mean too
Oh but that’s how things is, down here
We just don’t know who you is.

You done told us how 
And we is a’ tryin’
Master, Lord, you done showed us how
Even when you was dyin’

Just seem like we can’t do right
Look how we treated you
But please sir, forgive us, Lord
We didn’t even know it was you

Sweet little Jesus boy
Born such a long time ago
Sweet little Holy Child
And we didn’t even know who you was

 

 

The Ninth Lesson

John 1:1-14 
Read by Dr. Susanna Baxter, President, LaGrange College

I Do Believe
Ken Passmore

LaGrange College Singers
Erika Hill, soloist
Jason Hernandez (drums), Ken Passmore (piano), Sam Sims (bass), Kevin Walker (guitar)

 

They say the King was born to an ordinary girl.
And this little baby boy would be the one to rule the world.
And this King above all kings
Could set our spirits free,
I do believe

They say an angel came to shepherds sleeping in the field.
They found the Babe and at His crib they knelt and worshiped Him.
They marveled at His birth, 
How heaven came to earth,
I do believe
That the angels sang Glory!
Glory to God in the highest!
Peace has come to the world to set us free.
Glory!
Glory to God in the highest!
A holy child is born.
I do believe.

They say a star in the sky gathered wise men seeking Him.
That it led them to the manger in the town of Bethlehem. 
They brought gifts fit for a king 
And laid them at his feet,
I do believe
That the angels sang Glory!
Glory to God in the highest!
Peace has come to the world to set us free.
Glory!
Glory to God in the highest!
A holy child is born.
I do believe.

 

 

The Collects for Christmas and the Benediction

Rev. Dr. Adam Roberts

 

 

The Parting

Peace on Earth with Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Babbie Mason, arr. Carol Cymbala

LaGrange College Singers
Jaylynn Mangual, soloist

 

A long time ago in Bethlehem town,
The Lord from heaven to earth came down.
The King of kings was born in a manger, 
Now we can sing what the angels sang. 

They sang “Glory!  Glory in the highest,
Peace on earth, good will to all men.
Glory!  Glory in the highest,
Peace on earth, good will t’ward men.”

Oh, He shall be called the name of Jesus,
Prince of Peace, our God is with us.
The chains of sin and death are gone now.
Oh, joy to the world the Lord is come! 

They sang “Glory!  Glory in the highest,
Peace on earth, good will to all men.
Glory!  Glory in the highest,
Peace on earth, good will t’ward men.” 

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of Glory, Lord of Love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,
Op’ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,

Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day. 

“Glory!  Glory in the highest,
Peace on earth, good will to all men.
Glory!  Glory in the highest,
Peace on earth, good will t’ward men.”

 

 

LC Singers:
Samuel Miller, Director
Andrew Harry, Collaborative Artist & Assistant Director

Philip Botica ’21
Victora Cayetano ’24
Lauren Collins ’21
Emily Crowe ’23
Tyra Crowe ’21
Aalycia Dorsey ’24
Mikayla Drake ’21
Tyren Frazier ’21
Lauren Hicks ’22
Erika Hill ’24
Jaylynn Mangual ’21
Hayden McCullough ’21
Jared McGregor ’23
Stevie Nix ’23
Joely Peterman ’21
Rebekah Powers ’23
Ashley Stell ’21
Carter White ’21
Olivia White ’21 

 

Musicians:
Jordan Barnes ’22– Percussion
Jacob Broome ’24– Bass guitar
Jamarcus Davidson ’24– Percussion
Mark Dulin – Trumpet, Adjunct Faculty
Kailey Ford ’24– Viola
Callie Hammond M’13– Violin
Dilyn Harrington ’22– Percussion
Andrew Harry – Piano, Adjunct Faculty
Jackson Lamb ’22– Flute
Garrett Lehman ’22 – Guitar and percussion
Isaiah McCrina ’22– Percussion
Ken Passmore – Piano and percussion, Assistant Professor
Rebekah Powers ’23– Percussion
Joey Riddell – Percussion
Tessa Scanlon ’02 – Cello
Corey Sherman – Tuba, Adjunct Faculty
Sam Sims –  Bass guitar, Adjunct Faculty
Ashley Stell ’21– Percussion
Mitchell Turner – Guitar, Professor, Music
Kevin Walker – Guitar
Alina Windell – Flute, Adjunct Faculty 

 

Director of Photography/Video Editing:
Yson Lorane DeBlois
Visiting Assistant Professor, Digital Creative Media and Film 

 

Audio Recording Engineers:
Paul Hammock
Technical Director Music, Digital Creative Media and Film

Jason Hernandez ’19

 

Audio Mixing Engineer:
Jason Hernandez ’19

 

Production Assistants:
Jacob Broome ’24
McKinley Erves ’21
Landon Girle ’24
Lauren Hicks ’22
Erika Hill ’24
Ronald Youngblood ’22

 

Distribution and Marketing:
Lee Davis
Videographer, Communications & Marketing

Dean Hartman
Senior Director, Communications & Marketing

Stacy Jackson ’00
Assistant Director, Communications & Marketing