Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came

This is always sung as an Advent hymn, but most of the verses are about today's solemnity of the Annunciation, so I went looking for a video of it to post. Here's one, with the lyrics.

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
His wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;
"All hail," said he, "thou lowly maiden, Mary,
"Most highly favoured lady!"

"For know a blessed Mother thou shalt be,
"All generations laud and honor thee,
"Thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,
"Most highly favoured lady!"

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
"To me be as it pleaseth God," she said,
"My soul shall laud and magnify His holy Name."
Most highly favoured lady!

Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ was born
in Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
and Christian folk throughout the world will ever say,
"Most highly favoured lady!"

I was bemused during my search to find that Sting has done a cover of it!


Rachel Ann said...

I LOVE this song. Thanks for posting it and reminding me of its worshipful beauty!

Rachel Gray said...

I only learned the song this last year and I loved it too. Drifted snow!

Linda said...

Beautiful! And there's a good article about the proximity of the Annunciation and Holy Week by Fr. Jeremy. Have a blessed Holy Week!

Rachel Gray said...

Thanks for pointing out that article, Linda! The last part is especially good.