Words: Coelis Sedulius, 5th c.
Music: Leonard Payton, 1998, arr. Joshua Bennetch
When Christ’s appearing was made known
King Herod trembled for his throne;
But He who offers heav’nly birth
Seeks not the kingdoms of this earth.
The eastern sages saw from far
And followed on His guiding star;
But light their way to light they trod,
And by their gifts confessed their God.
Within the Jordan’s sacred flood
The heav’nly lamb in meekness stood
That He of whom no sin was known,
Might cleanse his people from their own.
And Oh, what miracle divine,
When water reddened into wine!
He spoke the word and forth it flowed
In streams that nature ne’er bestowed.
For this, His glad epiphany
All glory unto Jesus be,
Whom with the Father we adore,
And Holy Ghost forevermore.
from Red River Hymnal,
released December 21, 2014
Paul Banks and Stuart Baker: Vocals
Stuart Baker: Banjo, Percussion
Joshua Bennetch: Piano, Percussion
Matt Besinaiz: Mandolin
Sarah Corley: Violin
Katie Yu: Cello