We haven’t visited with the Lutheran Warbler in a while, so here she is! This is the first time I’ve heard this version of Martin Luther’s hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. There’s always controversy over which variant of the hymn is the “right” one. But anything that gives glory to God is right.
Here’s a hymn from The Lutheran Warbler–Cretor Spirit, By Whose Aid. All I was able to find out about it was that John Dryden translated it into English in 1693. And it’s in the Lutheran Service Book.
Requested by TheWhiteRabbit especially for Advent, coming to us via Isaiah, The People That in Darkness Sat: and this is The Lutheran Warbler, working her way through the Lutheran Hymnal.
This is an old German hymn from 1699, sung for us today by the Lutheran Warbler. This is the first time I’ve heard it.
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By now I think the baby Jesus would have been moved out of the manger, and into a cradle in a rented house, where the Wise Men found him. But the manger is such an enduring symbol of Christmas, and I want to hold on to this Christmas a little longer–because I pray for its spirit to work all year long, every day.
So here is Away in a Manger, sung by the Lutheran Warbler.