‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Redux

Who says you can’t blog less than one hour away from Midnight Mass? I’m posting my Christianized version of the Clement Moore classic. I first used this in 2000 when I was the curate at Old St. Paul’s in Baltimore. So here’s the latest version and Merry Christmas to all!

‘Twas the night before Christmas and throughout All Saints’,

The excitement was building, we hope no one faints.

The candles were placed on the altar with care,

In hopes that baby Jesus soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their pews,

While visions of wise men brought the good news;

Acolytes in their vestments and I in my robes,

The trees were all trimmed, sporting their bows.

When out from the manger arose such a clatter

Angels and shepherds, what could be the matter?

Up in the sky rose a star lit so bright,

Streaming upon us this cold winter’s night.

Horses and donkeys and a bed full of hay,

Mary and Joseph could only just pray.

When, what to our wondering eyes do we see,

But shepherds and wise men upon bended knee.

From off in the distance we hear a great song,

A multitude of angels joins the great throng.

Glory to God in the highest they sing

and on earth peace, goodwill to all things.

On that night, all calm and all bright,

I knew in a moment he was Jesus the Christ.

More glorious than cherubim and seraphim he,

Offering salvation to all who would see.

In swaddling clothes in a manger he lay,

Bringing joy to the world on that first Christmas Day.

Now Mary, now Joseph, now angels on high,

On shepherds on wise men we shall now draw nigh.

As presents are opened and gift-wrap is torn,

Remember the Christ to us who is born.

The little Lord Jesus awake and asleep,

He is the shepherd and we are his sheep.

We worship tonight in this Westchester town,

We praise and adore him all the year ‘round.

May the blessing of God be upon you this night,

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.


2 Comments on “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Redux”

  1. And how weird am I? I’m checking my Google reader feeds, Twitter, and email before leaving to sing what I lovingly call “the pre-game show” before Vigil Mass. God bless you and your family!

  2. Father Tim says:

    Thanks, and right back at ya! (checking my email and blog moments after Midnight Mass…)

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