"Long Ago, Prophets Knew"
Long ago, prophets knew Christ would come, born a Jew
Come to make all things new, bear his people's burden,
Freely love and pardon.
God in time, God in man, this is God's timeless plan:
He will come, as a man, born himself of woman,
God divinely human.
Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring! Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
When he comes, when he comes, who will make him welcome?
Mary, hail! Though afraid, she believed, she obeyed.
In her womb, God is laid till the time expected,
Nurtured and protected.
Journey ends! Where afar Bethl'hem shines, like a star,
Stable door stands a jar; unborn Son of Mary,
Savior, do not tarry!
Who will make him welcome?
We will make him welcome!