Anyone who has ever listened to the Christmas Eve broadcast of the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from Kings College Cambridge has probably appreciated their rendition of the hymn, “Once in Royal David’s City,” including the gradual progression from a single boy’s voice to the entire congregation with full organ. This practice is firmly entrenched in liturgical churches of the West, but is there a parallel hymn for the Epiphany season? I would like to nominate the hymn, “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” (LSB 384) as being second only to “How Lovely Shines the Morning Star” in the Epiphany repertoire.
Pr Brian Hamer
Brian J. Hamer is Chaplain to Destroyer Squadron 23, Naval Base San Diego, via the LCMS Board for International Mission Services.