December 5, 2012

Gabriel's Message

 by Leonardo de Vinci via

"Gabriel's Message" is a Basque Christmas folk carol, dating back to the 14th century. Its  beautiful lyrics are based on Luke 1: 26-38, as the angel Gabriel tells Mary about the upcoming birth of Jesus.
For your enjoyment, I've provided the Scripture, the lyrics,and a youtube video performed by Sting.

by Murillo Bartolome Esteban via 

Luke 1: 26-38In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end."
"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail."
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled."Then the angel left her.

by Telma Juaregui Rodriguez via

The angel Gabriel from Heaven came,His wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame."All hail", said he, "Thou lowly maiden Mary,Most highly favored lady, Gloria!"
"For known a blessed mother thou shalt be.All generations laud and honor thee.Thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold.Most highly favored lady, Gloria!"
Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head"To me be as it pleaseth God," she said."My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name."Most highly favored lady, Gloria! Gloria!

1 comment:

  1. Never heard this song before. LOVED IT !! One of my favorite Christmas songs now. Thank You.


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