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There Stood in Heaven a Linden Tree is a classical Christmas hymn that was translated from the original German into English by George R. Woodward.

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On the 4th Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of the ANGELS. It is sometimes known as the Candle of Peace.

While we spent the first two weeks of Advent focused on Christ’s coming, the third week focused on the anticipation of Christ’s coming again, it is the fourth (and final) week we spend focusing on the Angels’ proclamation of peace that Christ Child brought to the earth!

The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. – Luke 1:30-33

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

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

11 – Jesus Christ The Apple Tree

12. The King Shall Come

13. Carol of the Drum (Little Drummer Boy)

14. Mary, Did 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

Day 23. There Stood in Heaven a Linden Tree

There Stood in Heaven a Linden Tree is a classical Christmas hymn that was translated from the original German into English by George R. Woodward.

The word “Linden” is both an adjective and noun. As an adjective, Linden is “made from linwood or lime-wood”.

There Stood in Heaven a Linden Tree Lyrics

There stood in heav’n a linden tree;
But, tho’ ’twas honey laden,
All Angels cried, ‘No bloom shall be
Like that of one fair Maiden.’

Sped Gabriel on wingèd feet,
And pass’d through bolted portals
In Nazareth, a Maid to greet,
Blest o’er all other mortals.

‘Hail Mary!’ quod that Angel mild,
‘Of woman-kind the fairest:
The Virgin ay shalt thou be styled,
A babe although thou bearest.’

‘How shall I bear a child, that ne’er
With wedded man was mated?
Pray tell me now this infant yhow
Shall He be generated?’

‘O Virgin sheen, it shall be seen,
As I announce afore thee:
The Holy Ghost, of virtue most,
Shall cast his shadow o’er thee.’

‘So be it!’ God’s hand-maiden cried,
‘According to thy telling.’
Whereon the Angel smartly hied
Up home-ward to his dwelling.

This tiding fill’d his mates with glee:
‘Twas pass’d from one to other,
That ’twas Marie, and none but she,
And God would call her Mother.


Scripture Reading for Day 23 of Advent –

Luke 1

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Advent Playlist – Days 24 to 25

24. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

25. Whence is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing?

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