Zion at thy shining gates - George Guest (1924-2002)


Zion, at thy shining gates

Lo, the King of Glory waits,

Haste thy monarch's pomp to greet,

Strew thy palms before his feet.


Christ, for thee their triple light,

Faith and hope and love unite;

This the beacon we display

To proclaim thine advent day.


Come and give us peace within,

Loose us from the bands of sin,

Take away the galling weight

Laid on us by Satan's hate.


Give us grace thy yoke to wear,

Give us strength thy cross to bear,

Make us thine in deed and word,

Thine in heart and life, O Lord.


So, when thou shalt come again,

Judge of angels and of men.

We with all thy saints shall sing

Alleluias to our King.


Zion hears the watchmen’s voices - J.S. Bach (1685-1750)


Zion hears the watchmen’s voices,

With gladness all her heart rejoices,

She eager wakes to greet the day.

See, her Lord from heav’n descending

With grace and truth and power unending,

Her daystar dawns with brightest ray.


O come, thou blessed One,

Lord Jesu, God’s own Son,


We follow there Thy feast to share,

And taste the joys beyond compare.


Text: Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608), tr. John Rutter (b.1945)



Benedictus - Anonymous

Joseph est bien marié - Pierre Dandrieu (1664-1733)


Joseph est bien marié à la fille de Jessé:

c’étoit chose bien nouvelle, que d’être mère et pucelle,

Dieu y a bien opéré, Joseph est bien marié.

Quand Joseph eut apercu que sa femme avoir conçu: il ne s’en contenta mie, fâché fut contre Marie,

et s’en voulut en aller, Joseph est bien marié.

Mais l’Ange aussi-tôt lui dit, Joseph n’en aye dit, ta sainte femme Marie est grosse du Fruit de vie,

elle a conçu sans péché. Joseph est bien marié.

Change donc ton pensement, et approche hardiment, car par toute sa puissance tu es durant son enfance

a le servir dedié, Joseph est bien marié.


Joseph is well betrothed to the daughter of Jesse:

this thing was very recent, that she would be mother and maiden, God has done well. Joseph is well betrothed.

When Joseph heard that his woman had conceived:

he was not contented at all, he was pained against Mary,

and he wished to go from her. Joseph is well betrothed.

But the Angel also told him, “Joseph,” he said to him, “your holy wife, Mary, is great with the fruit of life;

she has conceived without sin.” Joseph is well betrothed.

“Change therefore your thinking, and approach in your insolence, for by all his strength you shall endure his infancy and serve him with dedication.” Joseph is well betrothed.


Traditional French Carol



Ecce virgo concipiet - Jacob Handl (1550-1591)


Ecce virgo concipiet et pariet filium 

et vocabitur nomen eius Emmanuel.



Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, 

and shall call his name Immanuel, God with us.



Text: Isaiah 7:14


Zion at thy shining gates - George Guest (1924-2002)