St. Hilary's Miniature Church Advent Calendar 2009

Monday 14th December 2009

 Homer remembers this photo VERY well!  It was Christmas Day 2004 and he was enjoying some fish and chips provided for him by a kind lady in the congregation.  As he was enjoying his early lunch the children were singing his chosen carol for today..............see below to find out which one it is!


(Words by Rector Phillips Brooks of Philadelphia 1868 after a pilgrimage to The Holy Land)

little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight
For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may his His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel