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lege, he could repeat some two hundred of them. He never forgot them, and they often came up in his wonderful sermons. It is not surprising, then, that Phillips Brooks began to write hymns himself. “O Little Town of Bethlehem” was written when he was rector of the Holy Trinity Church, o f Philadelphia, and for his Sun day-school. It was used by the children at their Christmas service in the year 1868. How little they understood what a famous song they were singing for the first timel — A m o s R . W e l l s . Seven hundred years before Christ was born in Bethlehem, Isaiah wrote, “For un to us a child is born, unto us a son is given : and the government shall be upon his shoulder : and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Our story in Luke 2 is the record of the fulfillment o f this promise. No story was ever written about Christmas but had its in spiration from this matchless story ! Count less authors have-woven around this great est event o f history stories which have charmed thousands. Thè manger at Beth lehem has been, and always will be, the center of the picture. The greatest o f all magnets is this manger. It implants itself in the heart of our thinking. “Dear little Stranger, born in a manger, Maker, and Monarch, and Saviour o f all; I will love Thee forever! Grieve Thee? No, never! Thou didst for me make Thy bed in a stall.” Next to this passage from the Word of God, perhaps that which finds the deepest, response in our hearts is the Christmas story in song. The literature of the world would be robbed of much that is beautiful if the Christmas carols were taken away. Now these hymns have become an essential part of our Christmas celebrations. — S e le c te d . II. S o m e F a v o r it e C a r o l s “God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen.” “The First Noel.” “We Three Kings o f Orient Are.” “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” “ Silent Night.” “Away in a Manger.” “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” “Once in Royal David’s City.” “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” “While Shepherds W a tch e d T h e ir Flocks by Night.” HI. I n s p ir a t io n f r o m t h e B ib l e The best one hundred books of the world’s literature have been written about Bible subjects. The best one hundred pic tures have had their inspiration from Bible characters and scenes. The best one hun dred strains o f music have been inspired by Bible themes. By far the majority of these, of course, have had some phase of Jesus’ life as the subject. And it would be most interesting to know what per cent of these centered around the nativity, the manger at Bethlehem. It would be a large one, we are sure. Discussion Material I. T h e C e n t r a l it y o f t h e M a n g e r
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