111. From Heaven Above

Text Information
First Line: "From heaven above to earth I come
Title: From Heaven Above
Author: Martin Luther (1535)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: LM
Scripture: Exodus 3:7; Psalm 40:9; Psalm 48:2; Psalm 145:19; Luke 2:8-14; Luke 2:32
Topic: Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Jesus Christ: Birth
Source: Trans. Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978, alt.
Language: English
Copyright: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship (admin. Augsburg Fortress)
Tune Information
Name: VOM HIMMEL HOCH
Composer: Unknown
Meter: LM
Key: C Major
Source: Schumann’s Geistliche Lieder, 1539


Text Information:

This Christmas hymn gives us a rare glimpse of Martin Luther as a father creating verses for his children to sing at home on Christmas Eve for a retelling of Luke 2:8–14. The first three stanzas paraphrase the angel’s song, and the final two provide the human response.


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