A further reflection of the meaning of Christmas: Christ is the light and the savior of the whole world. He came from the Jews and fulfilled Israel 's hopes for salvation from God. But—a point that was strongly contested in the early Church—salvation is not limited to the Jews. It is for

Isaiah 60:1-6. God is compared to the sun dawning over Jerusalem, which will draw all nations (and the wealth of the nations) to a city that lies, as the prophet speaks, in ruins. The gifts of the nations are echoed in the Gospel text.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (71) 72. A psalm composed in praise of a new royal heir in the house of David. The Church has used this psalm to honor Christ as the king of kings, lord over all the nations.

Every Nation on Earth (Joncas) GC 72/GC2 46/RS 102
Every Nation on Earth (Tate) WC 447/WS 382
Lord, Every Nation (Manibusan)  SPS 75
Lord, Every Nation on Earth BB 786
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Cooney) GP 220
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Gelineau/Proulx) WOR 784/LPGG 786
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Guimont) GC2 944/LPMG 20
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Harbor) LMGM 506
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Haugen) PCY1 16/RS 103
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Kasbohm) PMB 575/PRM A13
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Peloquin) SI 26
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Schiavone) JS 898/LP 29
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Willcock) PFS 10
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (Young) CBW 37
Se Postrarán ante Ti/Every Nation (Cortez) FYC 219

Se Postrarán ante Ti, Señor (Grajeda) FYC 218
They Shall Adore You PSL A-24

Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6. This announcement describes what makes it possible for most of us to be Christian: God's plan is that "in Christ Jesus the Gentiles are now co-heirs with the Jews, members of the same body and sharers of the promise."
Matthew 2:1-12. The story of the "astrologers from the east" puts in graphic form the Christian belief that the meaning of Christmas is for the nations; it is not limited to one group of people or one country. It also shows how the presence of Christ causes division: It makes some people (Herod) fearful; it leads others (the astrologers) to rejoice. The tradition that there were three astrologers comes from the fact that there are three gifts.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Songs for the Liturgy

All the Ends of the Earth – Dufford (1) GP 683/MI-BB 554/GC 520/GC2 526/JS 595
*Angel Voices Richly Blending (G) WOR 395
*Angels from the Realms of Glory (Midnight, Dawn)  W3 377/W4 425/JS2 367/JS3 332/LMGM 18/LMGM2 264/BB 109/WC 513/GC 358/GC2 369/G3 438/RS 508/GP 335/PMB 202/WS 473/SS 756

*Arise and Shine (1) CBW 341
Arise, Jerusalem (1) PSL A-23
*Arise, Shine Forth (1) CBW 342
*Arise, Your Light Has Come (1) CBW 302
*As with Gladness Men of Old (G) WOR 409/CBW 343/GP 339/BB 108/JS 369/WC 550/GC 374/GC2 384/RS 534/WS108/PMB 226/
*Behold, the Sovereign Lord Is Nigh (E) IH 12
*Brightest and Best (1) GC 379/RS 533
Epiphany Carol (G) GC 386
*Famed Though the World’s Great Cities Be (G) HG 119
From All That Dwell below the Skies (Ps,2) WOR 521/MI‑BB 549/JS 603/WC 946/GP 682/WS779/PMB 483/SS 906
Good Christian Friends, Rejoice (All Masses)  W3 391/W4 427/WC 539/CBW 322/RS 518/BB 98/JS2 346/JS3 314/GP 319/WS 471/PMB 198/GC 367/GC2 367/G3 430/SS 755
*Hail to the Lord's Anointed (Ps) WC 546/WS477/PMB 225
How Brightly Beams the Morning Star (1) WOR 389/WC 547
In the Bleak Midwinter (G) WC 492/PMB 206/JS 371
In the Darkness Shines the Splendor (1) CBW 346
Jesus Shall Reign (Ps) WOR 492/WC 745/RS 631/WS 645/PMB 362/JS 479
Lord, Today (1) GP 338/GC 375/GC2 385/RS 536
*O Star of Christ's Appearing (G) CBW 347
Of the Father's Love Begotten (2) WOR 398/CBW 330/JS 349/WC 516/BB 86/GC 351/GC2 374/RS 510/PMB 211/WS470/SS 758
One Bread, One Body (2) GP 499/JS 820/GC 830/GC2 813/LMGM 139/MI‑BB 348/WC 687/RS 915/WS 556/SPS 249
*Sing We Now of Christmas, vss 4-5 (G) WC 543/WS 472
*Sion, Sing! (1) RS 532
Song of Gathering (1,2,G) GC 740
*Songs of Thankfulness and Praise (G) WOR 410/CBW 348/BB 112/JS 368/WC 548/GC 376/GC2 383/RS
529/WS 478/PMB 224/SS
*The First Nowell  W3 408/W4 449/JS2 363/JS3 328/CBW 344/LMGM  28/LMGM2 276/GP 334/BB 105/WC 518/GC 377/GC2 388/G3 460/RS 536/WS 454/PMB 222/SS 784
The Lord Is Come (1) GP 326
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (G) GC 345/GC2 378/RS 501
*'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime (G) WOR 380/CBW 337/GC 361
*We Three Kings (G) WOR 406/GP 333/LMGM 27/JS 364/BB 107/JS 218/WC 549/GC 373/GC2 382/RS 535/WS 482/PMB 223
*What Child Is This W3 411/W4 454/JS2 365/JS3 330/CBW 338/LMGM 29/LMGM2 277/GP 337/BB 110/WC 551/GC 380/GC2 387/G3 466/RS 530/WS 460/PMB 216/SS 780
*What Star Is This (G) WOR 407/CBW 349/BB106/JS 370/WC 552/GC 378/GC2 389/RS 531/PMB 227
Wonderful and Great, v 4 (1,Ps,G) WC 956/PMB 499
You Are the Voice (1) GC 549/GC2 538/RS 659/CBW 576 
Your Light Will Come, Jerusalem  SPS 139


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  
Ab Oriente Venirunt Magi (SSATB, Latin only) Clemens non Papa J. & W. Chester (JWC 55110) G
Ab Oriente Venirunt Magi (SATB, Latin/English)
Ab Oriente Venirunt Magi (SATB, Latin only)
Gallus, Jacobus Alexander Broude (AB 271)
E.C. Schirmer (ECS 2785)
Ab Oriente Venirunt Magi Handl CPDL G
All They from Saba (SATTB) Gallus, Jacobus/Lundquist, Matthew Willis (5797) E, 1
All They from Saba (SATTB) Handl, Jacob Bosworth (#3) 1
All They from Saba Shall Come (SATB) Powell, Robert J. Concordia (98-1781) * 1
And Lo! The Star (2-part treble, instruments in C, keyboard) Ptezhold, Johannes Augsburg (TI-305) * G
And You, O Bethlehem (2-part mixed, Organ) Hillert, Richard Concordia (98-1632) * G
Angelus Ad Pastores Ait (SSA, Latin/English)
Angelus Ad Pastores Ait (SSA, Latin/English)
Monteverdi, Claudio/Klein, M.
Monteverdi, Claudio
G. Schirmer (11785)
Mercury Music (352.000024)
Angelus Ad Pastores Ait Hassler CPDL G
Angelus Ad Pastores Ait Lasso CPDL G
Arise and Shine, Jerusalem (SATB divisi, Organ, Trumpet) Nestor, Leo E.C. Schirmer (5672) 1
Arise, Shine! (SATB, Organ)
Arise, Shine! (SATB, Organ)
Martinson, Joel Augsburg (11-10450)
MorningStar (MSM-50-2007)
Arise, Shine! (SAB, Keyboard) Lau, Robert Tetra/Continuo (TC 1156) 1
Arise, Shine! (SATB divisi, Solo, Cello) Shepperd, Mark Kjos (9023) 1
Arise, Shine, for Thy Light Is Come (SATB) Willan, Healey Concordia (98-1508) 1
Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come (2-part mixed) Bender, M. Concordia (98-2707) 1
Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come (2-part mixed, Organ) How, Martin Ionian Arts (CH-1009) 1
Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come (SATB) Jennings, Kenneth Augsburg in “The Augsburg Choirbook” (0800656784) 1
Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come (SATB) Schalk, Carl Concordia (98-3600) * 1
Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come (Choral Introit w/bells) Hopson MSM 1
Arise! Sing Forth (SAB, Organ/Keyboard) Purcell, Henry/arr. Hopson, Hal H. Augsburg (11-10253) 1
Babe Is Born in Bethlehem, A (SATB, Organ) Van Dyke, Paul Flammer (A-5549) G
Beautiful Star (SATB) Larsen, Libby E.C. Schirmer (4202) G, C
Blessed Birth, The (SATB) Davies Arista (569) G
Brighter than the Sun (SATB, piano) Helgen, John Augsburg (0800658396) G
Brightest and Best (SATB, keyboard) Schweizer, Mark Concordia (98-3144) * G
Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning (SATB, Keyboard) Ashdown, Franklin T. Concordia (98-3846) G
Carol of the Kings, The (SATB) Thiman Novello (2276) G
Eight Orisons #8, “Saw You Never in the Twilight” (SATB) Friedell H.W. Gray (2963) G
Epiphany Alleluias (SATB, Organ) Weaver, John Boosey & Hawkes G
Epiphany Carol (SATB) Williamson Boosey & Hawkes (W.012) G
Falan-Tidings, Out of the Orient Crystal Skies (SAB, Organ) Pearson, Donald Selah (405-309) G
For Glory Dawns Upon You (2-part mixed, Keyboard) Hirten, John Karl Augsburg (11-10650) 1
Hail to the Lord's Anointed, ES FLOG EIN KLEINS WALDVÖGELEIN (SATB, Brass Quartet, Organ) arr. Hopp, Roy Selah (241-072) PS
How Lovely Shines the Morning Star (2 part mixed, Organ) Schalk, Carl Concordia (97-7618) * G
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light (SATB, Organ) Erickson, Richard Augsburg (0800658396) 1
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light (SATB, Keyboard) Thomerson, Kathleen GIA (G-2786) 1
I Will Give You as a Light to the Naitons (SATB) Schalk, Carl Concordia (98-3600) * 2, C
Jerusalem Surge
Jerusalem Surge
Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun, DUKE STREET (SATB, Organ) arr. Hopson, Hal H. GIA (G-6472) PS
Lamp-Lighting Antiphon (SATB, Assembly) Thompson, J. Michael GIA (G-5506) 1
Let in Thy Light (SSATB, Organ/Keyboard) Butler, Eugene Fred Bock (BG 2088) 1
Light Everlasting (SATB) Christiansen, Olaf C. Kjos (5510) G
Lo! The Star Which They Saw (SSA, Keyboard) Willan, Healey Concordia (97-7160) * G
Lord, Every Nation on Earth (SATB, Organ, opt. brass) Peloquin, C. Alexander GIA (G-1656) G, PS
Magi Vindentes Stellam Clemens non Papa CPDL G
Now There Lightens Upon Us (SATB) Sowerby, Leo H.W. Gray (1307) G
O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright
(SAB, Organ, Treble Instruments)
Busarow, Donald Concordia (980-2819) 1
O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright (SATB) Bach, J.S. Augsburg in “Bach for All Seasons” (080065754X) 1, G
O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright (SSATB) Praetorius, Michael Augsburg in “Chantry Choirbook” (0800657772) G
Omnes de Saba (SATTB, Latin only)
Omnes de Saba (SATTB, Organ,
Latin only)
Omnes de Saba (SATTB,
Latin only)
Handl, Jacob Arista (AE 147)
E.C. Schirmer (2783)
Oxford (A 302)
O nata lux (SATTB) Tallis, Thomas Oxford (43.228) G
Out of the Orient Crystal Skies (SATB, Organ, opt. Percussion) Zgodava, Richard Augsburg (0800652711) G
Rise, Shine! (SATB, Organ) Wood, Dale Augsburg (0800655923) also in “The Augsburg Choirbook” 1
Rise Up and Shine! FOREST GREEN (SATB, Keyboard) Traditional English/arr. Lovelace, Austin GIA (G-4431) 1
Say, Where Is He that Is Born? (TTB, Organ) Mendelssohn, Felix E.C. Schirmer (#11) G
Sing Unto the Lord
(SATB, Organ, opt. Junior Choir & Handbells)
Fetler, David Carl Fischer (CM 7951) PS
Sing We Now of Christmas, NOEL NOUVELET (SATB) arr. Clemens, James E. World Library (008751) G
Sing We Now of Christmas, Noel Nouvelet (SATB) arr. Zgodava, Richard Augsburg (9780800645250) G
Song of David (SATB, Organ) Yancey, Thomas Flammer (A-5596) E
Star in the East Averitt E. C. Schirmer G
Star in the East (SATB, Organ, opt. Percussion) White, David Ashley Sehlah (403-316) G
Stars in the Sky Proclaim (SAB) di Lassus, Orlando/arr. Proulx, R. Augsburg (0800672445) * G
Surge, Illuminare, Jerusalem Byrd CPDL  
There Shall a Star Come Out of Jacob (SATB, Organ) Mendelssohn, Felix Augsburg in “Chantry Choirbook”
There Shall Be A Star (SATB, Organ)
There Shall Be A Star (SATB, Tenor & Bass soli, Organ)
Mendelssohn, Felix H.W. Gray
Hinshaw (AP-206)
Three Kings, The (SSATBB) Willan, Healey Oxford (OCS 718.340498-2) G
Three Kings, The (SATB) Cornelius Oxford (1502) G
Three Wise Men Traveling (SATB, Organ, Flute) Young, Gordon Flammer (A-5650) G
Tollite Hostias Saint-Saens CPDL G
Tribus Miraculis Marenzio CPDL G
Videntes Stellam (SATB/SATB, Latin only) Palestrina, G.P./Sargent, Malcolm Oxford G
Videntes Stellam (SATB, Latin only) Poulenc, Francis Salabert (SAL.14) G
Videntes Stellam (SATB) Victoria, Tomas Luis de Shawnee (A 1355) G
We Have Seen His Star (SATB) Titcomb, Everett Carl Fischer (CM 438) G
We Have Seen His Star in the East (SATB, Organ) Carter, John ECS Publishing (4903) G
What Child Is This (SAB, Guitar, Flute, keyboard) Batastini, Robert (arr.) GIA (G-5364) G
What Child Is This (SATB, Organ, strings) Powell, Robert (arr.) GIA (G-2446) G
What Child Is This (SATB) Lehmann Boosey and Hawkes G
What Shall We Bring? (SATB, Organ) Hughes, SM, Howard GIA (G-4502) G, C
Where Is the Newborn King? (SSATB, 2 Violins, Continuo) Hammerschmidt, A./Mueller, H. Concordia (97-5038) G