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Based on an 18th century poem, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree has been put to music by several composers including Elizabeth Poston and John Rutter.

On the 2nd Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of BETHLEHEM. The candle represents peace and the journey to Bethlehem and preparations to accept and receive Christ.

Do you want peace this Christmas? Christ is the PRINCE OF PEACE who has come to save this world and bring peace to one and all!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

For a refresher course on what Advent is, check out my advent playlist!

Suggested Reading: Advent Playlist: 25 Christmas Hymns

Advent Playlist – 25 Christmas Hymns

1. A Strange Way to Save the World

2. Angel Gabriel

3. Angels From the Realms of Glory

4. Christ is the World’s True Light

5. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

6. The Crown of Roses

7.  E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come

8. Gesu Bambino

9. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

10 – I Wonder as I Wander

Day 11 – Jesus Christ The Apple Tree

Based on an 18th century poem, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree has been put to music by several composers including Elizabeth Poston and John Rutter.

The poem, submitted by an R.H., presumed to be a Rev. Richard Hutchins, first appeared in 1761 in the London publication, Spiritual Magazine.

The hymn had its first known appearance in an American hymnal (Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of Religious Assemblies and Private Christians) compiled by a lay Baptist minister, Joshua Smith, in 1784.


Jesus Christ the Apple Tree Lyrics –

The tree of life my soul hath seen,
Laden with fruit and always green:
The trees of nature fruitless be
Compared with Christ the apple tree.

His beauty doth all things excel:
By faith I know, but ne’er can tell
The glory which I now can see
In Jesus Christ the apple tree.

For happiness I long have sought,
And pleasure dearly I have bought:
I missed of all; but now I see
‘Tis found in Christ the apple tree.

I’m weary with my former toil,
Here I will sit and rest awhile:
Under the shadow I will be,
Of Jesus Christ the apple tree.

This fruit doth make my soul to thrive,
It keeps my dying faith alive;
Which makes my soul in haste to be
With Jesus Christ the apple tree.

Scripture Reading for Day 11 of Advent –

Song of Solomon 2:3-7

As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my beloved among the young men.
With great delight I sat in his shadow,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

He brought me to the banqueting house,
and his banner over me was love.

Sustain me with raisins;
refresh me with apples,
for I am sick with love.

His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand embraces me!

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles or the does of the field,
that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.

Revelation 22:1-5

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.


Advent Playlist – Days 12 to 25

12. The King Shall Come

13. The Little Drummer Boy

14. Mary, Do You Know?

15. O Come, All Ye Faithful

16. O Come,O Come, Emmanuel

17. O Holy Night

18. O Little Town of Bethlehem

19. Once in Royal David’s City

20. People, Look East

21. Silent Night

22. Sweet Little Jesus Boy

23. There Stood in Heaven a Linden Tree

24. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

25. Whence is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing?

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