In The Town Of David

by Ordinary Time

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released December 1, 2006


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Ordinary Time

They met in a “History of Christian Worship” class in seminary, where they discovered a shared love for old songs in danger of being forgotten. The band’s oeuvre seamlessly weaves the hymns of generations past with their own new songs—often indistinguishably—producing a
sound that ranges from bluegrass-tinged Americana to sacred harp hymn arrangements.
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Track Name: Zion

Awake, awake, O zion
Tonight, tonight, your saviour is born
This dark night in Bethlehem
the skies are full of angels singing
hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah

the shepherd boys were terrified
the glory of the lord cut through the night
wise men came by starlight
and whispered to the newborn child
a hallelujah

Sing, O sing, with heavenly host
the wonder of our saviour’s birth
Peace be to all humankind
on this the holiest of nights
Track Name: Hear Now, You House of David
Hear Now, You House of David

Hear now you house of David
A promise from your God
I am sending one to dwell among you
Emannuel, The Lord

He who spoke all of creation
Is from a virgin born
He whom angels worship in glory
A child in bethelehem

La la la….

Praise and thanks to the Father
And to the Holy Ghost
And to him who came among us
To teach us how to love

La la la …
Track Name: Mary's Song
Mary’s Song

How can it be that I am blessed
to bear a gift so tender
My soul rejoices in the Lord
the one true God my Saviour

They will surely call me blessed
from now all generations
For he has remembered me
For he has been mindful

O, rejoice! You people Israel
Your light has come Hallelujah

He has brought down the mighty ones
and lifted up the humble
He has helped the weak to stand
and scattered all the prideful
And He has filled the hungry
and sent the rich away
To those who fear him he has shown
A never-ending mercy
Track Name: What Child Is This?
What Child is this who, laid to rest

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
Track Name: A Cradle Hymn
A Cradle Hymn

HUSH! my dear, lie still and slumber,
Holy angels guard thy bed!
Heavenly blessings without number
Gently falling on thy head.

Sleep, my babe; thy food and raiment,
House and home, thy friends provide;
All without thy care or payment:
All thy wants are well supplied.

How much better thou art attended
Than the Son of God could be,
When from heaven He descended
And became a child like thee!

Soft and easy is thy cradle:
Coarse and hard thy Saviour lay,
When His birthplace was a stable
And His softest bed was hay.

Was there nothing but a manger
Cursèd sinners could afford
To receive the heavenly stranger?
Did they thus affront their Lord?

Soft, my child: I did not chide thee,
Though my song might sound too hard;
'Tis thy mother sits beside thee,
And her arms shall be thy guard.

Lo, He slumbers in His manger,
Where the hornèd oxen fed:
Peace, my darling; here 's no danger,
Here 's no oxen near thy bed.

'Twas to save thee, child, from dying,
Save my dear from burning flame,
Bitter groans and endless crying,
That thy blest Redeemer came.

May you live to know and fear Him,
Trust and love Him all thy days;
Then go dwell for ever near Him,
See His face, and sing His praise!
Track Name: Shepherd Song
Shepherd Song
Luke 2:15

We pressed our faces to the grass
Eyes to earth, but found no shade.
Such blinding light was not the sun
Seized with fear but not to run
A fear that made our fears afraid.

“Do not, do not be afraid
Today is born the Lord your Savior
Don’t look in a prince’s nursery
But in the barn where cattle feed
Peace on whom HE favors.”

We left our flocks to tend themselves
And ran all night how far, how fast!
He called us past hotels and bars
Shepherds, wise men, even stars
Back to…himself… again… at last.

Is this the long expected one,
The one in whom we must believe?
Can this be Israel’s future King,
The one that made the angels sing?
Will he ever be received?
Track Name: Come To Us, Immanuel
Come to us, Immanuel

Come to us, Immanuel
We wait for thee with bated breath
And hope filled hearts
And anxious minds
Longing to see your face
And worship at your feet

Isaiah’s vision didst unfold
When you descended into this world
to bring good news
and set the prisoners free
you set aside eternity
so that we might live

so come to us Imannuel
we live in hope of your return
to bring new life
to this old world
to end all wars and to heal all hearts
and to reign forevermore
to reign forevermore
Track Name: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;
With Mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind.
To show God’s love aright, she bore to men a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

O Savior, Child of Mary, Who felt our human woe,
O Savior, King of glory, Who dost our weakness know;
Bring us at length we pray, to the bright courts of Heaven,
And to the endless day!
Track Name: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
Infant holy, Infant lowly, for His bed a cattle stall;
Oxen lowing, little knowing, Christ the Babe is Lord of all.
Swift are winging angels singing, noels ringing, tidings bringing:
Christ the Babe is Lord of all.

Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping vigil till the morning new
Saw the glory, heard the story, tidings of a Gospel true.
Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow, praises voicing, greet the morrow:
Christ the Babe was born for you.
Track Name: Thou Who Wast Rich
Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour
Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love's sake becamest poor;
Thrones for a manger didst surrender,
Sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.
Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love's sake becomes poor.

Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love's sake becamest man;
Stooping so low, but sinners raising
Heavenwards by thine eternal plan.
Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love's sake becamest man.

Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.
Emmanuel, within us dwelling,
Make us what thou wouldst have us be.
Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.
Track Name: Simeon's Song
Simeon’s Song
Luke 2:29-30

Now You can dismiss Your servant in peace.
As you have promised, so you have done.
This child will make a child of me
Just before night my morning has come!

Some will say that the Lord need not come,
Holding their torches to light their own way.
But I am old, hopes have faded away
Save this one hope in my arms this day.

My eyes have seen your salvation
You are the Lord, Your lips do not lie
Promised to Adam, promised to me
My eyes have seen. Now I can die.
Track Name: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Let all mortal flesh Keep Silence

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
In the body and the blood;
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.

At His feet the six wingèd seraph,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Alleluia
Alleluia, Lord Most High!
Track Name: King of Kings
King of Kings

What would you do if you heard a voice,
That called you away that left no choice?
Would you sell all you had to you follow a star?
Would you trust it and leave your life behind?

We followed a star it let do the west,
We couldn't explain to our neighbors and friends
We waited so long watching the sun,
Now that we're here it all seems so clear

King of kings and Lord of lords
Immanuel, God with us
Prince of peace, Almighty One
Immanuel, God with us

Now we can see that it was all true
This child is born King of the Jews
But he is more than even we knew
the very angels of heaven worship him here

And the angels said:
“Do not be afraid I bring you great news
that will be for all people. Today in the town of David
a Savior has been born. He is Christ the Lord!”
Track Name: Silent Night
Silent night

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and Child.
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds quake at the sight;
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light;
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.