SONG OF THE SHEPHERDS

Out of Bethlehem will come a ruler over Israel,

whose origins are from ancient times.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation.

The true light, which gives light to everyone, is coming into the world.

Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,

and shall call his name Emmanuel.

And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

May all kings fall down before him, and all nations serve him!

When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son.

And the virgin gave birth to her firstborn son

and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger.

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

We have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father,

full of grace and truth.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,

that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

The people living in darkness have seen a great light,

on those living in the land of the shadow of death

a light has dawned.