Ep 040 – Super-Extended Christmas Carol Worship Set; Free Songbook Available


The Prayer Meeting Podcast is a worship podcast where you are invited to sing, play along, or just listen. Music notation of these songs are available at www.prayermeetingpodcast.com .  This week’s episode is an extended worship jam based on familiar and (should-be familiar) Christmas Carols.

1:57    Break Forth O Beauteous Heav’nly Light/Hark The Herald Angels Sing
6:17    The Huron Carol
10:08    Away in a Manger / Polish Lullaby
14:00    Dominus Dixit (chant)
15:14    Ring Out Ye Wild and Merry Bells
17:16    Hallelujah Hallelujah
19:03    Adeste Fideles/Gloria (ding dong merrily…)
23:56    O Holy Night
29:05    Come and Worship (Angels From The Realms of Glory)
31:43    While by my Sheep (How Great Our Joy)
33:30    Joy to the World
35:00    All My Heart This Night Rejoices
37:08    All Praise To You, Eternal Lord
41:04    Silent Night

Feel free to pass this podcast along to anybody whom you feel would be blessed by it.  Also, if you’re a musician or worship leader, feel free to use these songs in your own circles.


There is a Free Christmas Carol Songbook For Guitar available to anybody who signs up to the Nick Alexander/Prayer Meeting Podcast mailing list.

Johann von Rist (1641); Ermuntre Dich

Break forth O beauteous heav’nly light
And usher in the morning.
You shepherd, shudder not with afright
But hear the ange’s warning.
This Child now weak in infancy
Our confidence and joy shall be
The pow’r of Satan breaking
Our peace eternal making.

Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!

Break forth O beauteous heav’nly light
To herald our salvation.
He stoops to earth, the God of might
Our hope and expectation.
He comes in human flesh to dwell
Our God with us, Immanuel
The night of darkness ending
Our fallen race befriending.

Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!

Hail the heav’n born Prince of Peace
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth.

Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!

Jean de Brebeuf (1643)
Tr. by J.E. Middleton, 1926; alt.

‘Twas in the moon of wintertime
When all the birds had fled
That mighty angel Gabriel
Sent angel choirs instead
Before their light the stars grew dim
And wondering hunters heard the hymn.

Jesus your King is born
Jesus is born
In excelsis gloria.

Within a cave of scattered hay
The tender babe was found
A ragged robe of warm sheep-skin
En-wrapped His beauty round
But as the shepherd boys drew nigh
The angel song rang loud and high.

Jesus your King is born
Jesus is born
In excelsis gloria.

The earliest moon of wintertime
Is not so round and fair
As was the ring of glory
On the helpless Infant there
The Kings that knelt before Him were
With gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Jesus your King is born
Jesus is born
In excelsis gloria.

O children of the forest free
O seed of Babylon
The holy Child of earth and Heav’n
For you this day was born.
Come kneel before the radiant Boy
Who brings you beauty, peace and joy.

Jesus your King is born
Jesus is born
In excelsis gloria.

Public Domain

Away in A Manger words anonymous;
Tune by William J Kirkpatrick
Polish Lullaby (Lulajze Jezuniu)
Tr. by Anonymous

Away In a Manger, no Crib For a bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky
Look’d down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes
I love Thee Lord Jesus!
Look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle Till morning is nigh.

Lullaby Jesus, O cease from Your crying
Here on your Mother’s warm breast softly lying.
Lullaby, Jesus, O sleep now, my treasure
Mother is watching with love none can measure.
Lullaby, Jesus, O sleep now, my treasure
Mother is watching with love none can measure.

See how the world lies
In sorrow and sadness
Give us Your blessing,
O bring Heaven’s gladness
Lullaby, Jesus, O sleep now, my treasure
Mother is watching with love none can measure.
Lullaby, Jesus, O sleep now, my treasure
Mother is watching with love none can measure.

Be near me Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, And love me, I pray
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care
And fit us for heaven,
To live with Thee there.


Dominus dixit ad me
Filius meus es tu
Ego hodie genui te

Lord God had said to me:
Dearest Son, Mine own art Thou.
I have this very day begotten Thee.

Words: unknown; Composer: C. Maitland

Ring out Ye wild and Merry Bells
Ring out the old old story
That first was told by angel tongues from out the realms of Glory.
Peace onearth was their sweet song
Glory in the Highest!
Echoing all the hills away,
Glory in the Highest!

Ring sweet bells, ring evermore
Peal from every steeple.
Christ the Lord shall be our God
And we shall be His people!

Ring out, ye silv’ry bells, ring out
Ring out your exultation
That God with man is reconciled
Go tell it to the nations.
Therefore let us all today
Glory in the Highest!
Banish sorrow far away
Glory in the Highest!

Isaac Naylor

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen!
Amen, Amen! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen!

Public Domain

Adeste, fideles, Laeti triumphantes;
Venites, venite in Bethlehem;
Nahum videte Regem angelorum

Venite adoremus
Venite adoremus
Venite adoremus Dominum.

Deum de Deo, Lumen de lumine,
Gestant puellae viscera;
Deum verum, Genitum non factum:

Gloria, Hosanna in Excelsis.

Cantet nunc Io! Chorus angelorum:
Cantet nunc aula caelestium:
Gloria, gloria, In excelsis Deo!

Erego qui natus Die hodierna,
Jesu tibi sit gloria:
Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum!

Adolphe Adam (1847); John Sullivan Dwight (1855)

O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine! O night when Christ was born

O night, O holy night! O night divine.

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here comes the wise men from Orient land
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger!
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever!
His power and glory evermore proclaim!

Come and Worship, Come and Worship
Worship Christ the Newborn King!

While by my sheep I watched at night
Glad tidings brought an angel bright.

How great my joy, great my joy
Joy Joy Joy! Joy Joy joy!
Praise to the Lord in Heaven on high.

There shall be born, so he did say
In Bethlehem, a Child today.

There shall He lie, in manger mean,
Who shall redeem the world from sin.

Lord, evermore to me be night
Then shall my heart be filled with joy!

Joy to the world the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing!
And heaven and nature sing!
And heaven and heaven and nature sing!

Joy to the world! The Saviour reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and gloods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat repeat the sounding joy

Paul Gerhadt (1656),
Tr. Catherine Winkworth (1827-78)

All my heart this night rejoices
As I hear, far and near, sweetest angel voices
“Christ is born!” their choirs are singing.
Till the air, ev’rywhere,Now with joy is ringing.

Hear! the conquereor has spoken:
“Now the foe, sin and woe,
Death and hell are broken!”
God is man, man to deliver,
And the Son, now is one with our blood forever.

Come, then, banish all your sadness!
One and all, great and small,
come with songs of gladness
We shall live with Him forever.
There on high, in that joy, which shall vanish never.

Martin Luther; FESTUS; Johann
New arrangement by Nick Alexander

All praise to You, eternal Lord
Who wore the garb of flesh and blood
And chose a manger for Your throne
While worlds on worlds were Yours alone

Once did the skies, before You bow
A virgin’s arms contain You now
While angels who in You rejoice
Now listen for Your infant voice.

Dear Little Child, You are Guest
That weary ones in You may rest;
Forlorn and lonely, that was Your birth
That we, that we may rise from heaven to earth.

You came down in that darkest night
To make us children of the light,
To make us in the realms divine
Like Your own angels round You shine.

All this for us Your love has done;
By this to You our love is won;
For this ourjoyful songs we raise
For this we sing Your ceaseless praise.


Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Sleep in heavenly peace.