199. Carol at the Manger

1 Holy Child within the manger,
long ago yet ever near;
come as friend to every stranger,
come as hope for every fear.
As you lived to heal the broken,
greet the outcast, free the bound,
as you taught us love unspoken,
teach us now where you are found.

2 Once again we tell the story--
how your love for us was shown,
when the image of your glory
wore an image like our own.
Come, enlighten with your wisdom,
come and fill us with your grace.
May the fire of your compassion
kindle every land and race.

3 Holy Child within the manger,
lead us ever in your way,
so we see in every stranger
how you come to us today.
In our lives and in our living
give us strength to live as you,
that our hearts might be forgiving
and our spirits strong and true.

Text Information
First Line: Holy Child within the manger
Title: Carol at the Manger
Author: Marty Haugen, 1950-
Publication Date: 2003
Meter: 8.7.8.7.D.
Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-2; Colossians 2:9; Luke 2:7; Colossians 1:15; Matthew 25:40; John 1:14; Matthew 25:31-40; Luke 4:18-19; Matthew 1:23; Luke 2:16
Language: English
Copyright: Words © 1987 GIA Publications
Tune Information
Name: JOYOUS LIGHT
Composer: Marty Haugen, 1950-
Meter: 8.7.8.7.D.
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Music © 1987 GIA Publications






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