St. Hilary's Miniature Church Advent Calendar 2009

Tuesday 22nd December 2009

Miss Enid is SO excited.......this is her first Christmas in St. Hils!  She is so glad she has brought her warm hat to church as it is very cold today and the church heating is not very good!  Tom and Phoebe have given her a cracker and want her to share theirs too!  Isn't that kind?


There can be NO prizes for guessing which Christmas carol Miss Enid, Phoebe and Tom have chosen for today...........and it mentions it HAS to be........................

(Words by John Mason Neale and published in 1851)

ood King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gath'ring winter fuel
"Hither, page, and stand by me
If thou know'st it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?"
"Sire, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes' fountain."
"Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear him thither."
Page and monarch forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind's wild lament
And the bitter weather
"Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer."
"Mark my footsteps, my good page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter's rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly."
In his master's steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing