Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

The Adoration of the Christ Child, by Jan Joest of Kalkar, c. 1515. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, United States. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
The Adoration of the Christ Child, by Jan Joest of Kalkar, c. 1515. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, United States.

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King:
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
with th’angelic hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King”

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Angels, by Bernardino Luini, c. 16th century. Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York, United States. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Madonna and Child Enthroned with Angels, by Bernardino Luini, c. 16th century. Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York, United States.

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
late in time behold him come,
offspring of the Virgin’s womb:
veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail th’incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel. 

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King”

Madonna and Child between Sts Dominic and Catherine of Alexandria, by Fra Angelico, Musei Vaticani, Vatican City, Vatican City. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Madonna and Child between Sts Dominic and Catherine of Alexandria, by Fra Angelico, Musei Vaticani, Vatican City, Vatican City.

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth,
born to give us second birth.

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King”

This is the fifth part of a twelve-part series illustrating classic Christmas carols with classic religious for the twelve days of Christmas! Merry Christmas!

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of three, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer

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