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A song of celebration

A hymn for the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

Cave with icon
Cave beneath St Nicholas Church, Beit Jala, where Nicholas is believed to have stayed when in the Holy Land
Photo: SNS/Rosenthal
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Saint Nicholas icon in Beit Jala St Nicholas Church
Photo: SNS/Rosenthal

       Refrain
       A song of celebration
       Saint Nicholas we sing
       Our hopes and aspirations
       For peace with justice ring

Our Advent call awakens
Christ's people to prepare
To love and serve those needing
Our prayers and gifts of care

       Refrain

To Palestine you traveled
Christ's footsteps there to trace
A cave your visit hallows
Your ways we now embrace

       Refrain

To Bethlehem you bring us
We pray for those who dare
To share the Christmas story
The burdens that they bear

       Refrain

O blessed saint, remind us,
To be like you, that we
May give and in that giving,
the Christ Child truly see.

       Refrain


Text: James Rosenthal, 2009
Tune: St Theodulph (Valet will ich dir geben) 76 76 D


Written for the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem who are make Saint Nicholas Day their special appeal for children in the Diocese of Jerusalem. Used by permission.

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