"Of the Father's Love Begotten"

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 3:13-16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son. (v. 16) “Of the Father's Love Begotten” is the best-known hymn of Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, a Roman government official born in northern Spain in AD 348. By his midforties Prudentius grew tired of the hustle and false glamor of the world, and retired to …

"Once in Royal David's City"

Rev. David Bast

READ : Revelation 5 And . . . among the elders I saw a Lamb. (v. 6) On Christmas Eve 1918, a service was held in the chapel of King's College in the University of Cambridge. The bloodbath of World War I had ended barely a month before, and many a Cambridge man lay buried in Flanders fields. It was …

"Savior of the Nations, Come"

Rev. David Bast

READ : Isaiah 49:1-7 I will make you as a light for the nations. (v. 6) “Savior of the Nations, Come” is the English translation of a German hymn, “Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland.” But the German hymn was itself based on a Latin hymn by St. Ambrose—translated by none other than Martin Luther. Ambrose was an upper-class Roman who …

"In the Bleak Midwinter"

Rev. David Bast

READ : Philippians 2:5-11 He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant. (v. 7 NIV) Have you ever seen a painting of the manger scene by one of the Renaissance masters? The setting is clearly European, with Italian ruins or snow-covered German villages in the background. The English poet Christina Rossetti does something similar, setting the …