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Christmas Poetry Collections

A Holy Heavenly Chime – The Christmastide Poems of Christina Rossetti

A Victorian Carol Book – Favorites from the 19th Century, Still Favorites Today

All My Heart This Night Rejoices – The Christmas Poems of Catherine Winkworth

Divinely Inspired – A Christmas Poetry Collection from Six Male Poets

Father and Daughter – Christmas Poems by Frances and William Havergal

How Still the Night – The Christmas Poems of Father Andrew

Now, Now The Mirth Comes – Christmas Poetry by Robert Herrick

Once a Lovely Shining Star – A Christmas Poetry Collection

So Gracious Is The Time – A Christmas Poetry Collection

The Bridegroom Cometh – Poetry for the Advent

Victorian Visions – A Christmas Poetry Collection from Six Female Poets

What Sudden Blaze of Song – The Christmas Poem of Rev. John Keble

Religious Topics

The Memoirs of the Lutheran Liturgical Association – A look at Christian liturgy at the beginning of the 20th Century.

A Psalter – A Book of the Psalms Arranged by Luther's Categories

Betbüchlein: Luther's Personal Prayer Book

Daily Prayer – A brief overview of prayer plus five templates for daily prayer.

Devotions for the Advent – 2009

Luther's Passional – A recreation of the life of Christ from Luther's 1529 Personal Prayer Book.

Luther's Writings on Prayer: A Selection

Prayer in the New Testament – Selections from the New Testament concerning prayer.

The Lenten Sermons of Martin Luther, Second Edition

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A Holy Heavenly Chime – The Christmastide Poems of Christina Rossetti (ID # 871797)

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The Victorian author of “Love Came Down At Christmas” and “In The Bleak Midwinter” gave us many more Christmas gifts than just these two. This collection features 38 Christmastide poems by the exceptional Christiana Georgina Rossetti, including devotional poems that cover the breadth of the season, from Advent to Candlemas – and a few others such as “But Give Me Holly, Bold and Jolly.” 

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A Victorian Carol Book – Favorites from the 19th Century, Still Favorites Today (ID #133804)

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Many of the most popular Christmas carols we enjoy today have been favorites for over a century. These 32 carols from the 19th Century were selected by Doug Anderson, the editor of the website "The Hymns and Carols of Christmas." In this collection, you can find favorite verses, plus a melody line of music. Selections range from "Angels From The Realms Of Glory" to "What Child Is This?" The spiral-bound binding allows this book to lie flat on your music stand.

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All My Heart This Night Rejoices – The Christmas Poems of Catherine Winkworth (ID #871714)

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The remarkable Catherine Winkworth was one of the most prolific and talented translators of hymns and carols from the German chorale tradition. Not merely a translator, Ms. Winkworth had the soul of a poet, and her translations are excellent works of poetry. The 44 poems in this collection cover the entire Christmastide, from Advent through the Presentation in the Temple. Many of these poems are also among our most-loved Christmas hymns. And some of the lesser known in this collection will bring a fresh view of familiar themes. 

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Divinely Inspired – A Christmas Poetry Collection from Six Male Poets (ID #1057550)

Celebrate the season with poetry that celebrates Christmas both as holy day and holiday. This verse is from six poets covering over four centuries, from Martin Luther in the 16th Century through Father Andrew in the 20th Century. Other poets include Isaac Watts, John Keble, and William Havergal. In addition, the poetry of Robert Herrick gives us many unique insights into the Christmas customs and practices while he was a vicar in rural 17th Century England. This thoughtful collection from six poets who were also ordained ministers will be certain to enhance your Christmas celebrations. 

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Father and Daughter – Christmas Poems by Frances and William Havergal (ID #909456)

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Enjoy the reverent Christmas poetry of the Rev. Henry William Havergal and his Victorian daughter Frances Ridley Havergal. Rev. Havergal was known for over 100 hymns, and won several prizes for his hymn tunes and chants. His daughter Frances carried on the family name in hymn writing. By 1907, John Julian noted that 60 of Frances' hymns were in common usage. This Second Edition contains additional poetry by Rev. Havergal. 

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How Still the Night – The Christmas Poems of Father Andrew (ID #911838)

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This collection is the Christmas poetry of Father Andrew, S.D.C., who co-founded the first Franciscan order in the Anglican Church, in mid-January 1894. His deeply spiritual poems will surely enhance your celebration of this holy season. 

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Now, Now The Mirth Comes – Christmas Poetry by Robert Herrick (ID #871847)

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But for Robert Herrick, many of the Christmas customs celebrated in the 1600s might not be known today. But in Hesperides and His Noble Numbers, this 17th century poet and priest gave insights into many of the practices and superstitions of those days. The 23 poems in this collection range from Christmas Eve – and the practice of bringing in the Yule Log – through Candlemas, the end of the Christmastide, when we are admonished: “Down with the rosemary and bays.” 

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Once a Lovely Shining Star – A Christmas Poetry Collection (ID #945653)

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“Why do the bells of Christmas ring? Why do little children sing?” Taking its title from the poem by Eugene Field, this collection contains the voices of eight Victorian poets, giving a wide diversity and viewpoint of Christmas. Celebrating Christmas both as holy day and as holiday, the collection will provide many opportunities to fully celebrate the season. A few of these poems were recorded for the LibriVox project; free downloads of recordings are available at LibriVox and my website, The Hymns and Carols of Christmas. 

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So Gracious Is The Time – A Christmas Poetry Collection (ID #871615)

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Many of the finest sentiments of Christmas are found in the poetry that has been written for the season. This is a collection of 50 poems from such well known poets as Coleridge, Longfellow, Wordsworth, Yeats, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. And, of course, no collection would be complete without “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (Twas the night before Christmas ...). Many of these poems were recorded for the LibriVox project; free downloads of recordings are available at LibriVox and my website, The Hymns and Carols of Christmas.

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The Bridegroom Cometh – Poetry for the Advent (ID #1161608)

The four weeks prior to Christmas don't have to be a whirlwind of holiday parties and marathon of frantic shopping. Many are seeking to re-emphasize the traditional meaning of the Advent in their lives – a time of spiritual preparation and renewal to celebrate the coming of the Messiah. The poems and readings in this collection are intended to provide a means to help restore the true meaning of Christmas in our lives.

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Victorian Visions – A Christmas Poetry Collection from Six Female Poets (ID #1057593)

A collection of beautiful verse from five Victorian poets, celebrating Christmas both as holiday and holy day, from Advent through Candlemas. Selections from Emily E. S. Elliott, Katherine Bates, Frances Havergal, Christina Rossetti, and Catherine Winkworth provide a wealth of poetry to enhance your Christmas devotions and celebrations. 

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What Sudden Blaze of Song – The Christmas Poem of Rev. John Keble (ID #918619)

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The Rev. John Keble's writing enjoyed immense popularity during his lifetime and through the end of the 19th century. One of the founders of the Oxford movement, his poetry is marked by its simplicity and faith. The poems in this compilation celebrate the full Christmastide, from Advent through the Epiphany. 

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A Psalter – A Book of the Psalms Arranged by Luther's Categories (ID #8406518)

A Book of Psalms arranged according to the five categories described by Martin Luther in his "Summaries or Subject-Contents of the Psalms." The five categories described by Luther were Prayer, Thanksgiving, Comfort, Instruction, and Prophesy, which will help you find psalms that deal with a specific topic.

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Betbüchlein: Luther's Personal Prayer Book (ID #8149538)

A recreation of the first Protestant prayer book by Martin Luther, first published in 1522. This edition, based on the 1529 volume, contains chapters on the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, plus:

  • Prayer and Penitential Psalms

  • Sermons on "Prayer and Processions in Holy Week," on "Contemplating the Holy Suffering of Christ," on "Confession and Sacraments," and "On Christian Prayer"

  • Treatises on "the Holy, Revered Sacrament of Baptism," and "The Magnificat"

  • A Passional

  • His letter, "The Fourteen of Consolation"

  • And excerpts from scripture and the liturgy.

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Daily Prayer (ID #7628979)

In your life as a Christian, there are numerous ministries that you can embrace. The prayer ministry is one of many. But at a minimum, our spiritual leaders recommend at least some time in prayer, as a family, every day. However, many people have difficulty with prayer. This has been true throughout Christian history. On one occasion, his disciples asked Jesus: “Teach us to pray.” As much as we feel that we are in the dark about prayer, at least we know we're in good company. The purpose of Daily Prayer is to provide a few starting points for people who want to pray, but aren't sure how to start.

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Devotions for the Advent – 2009 (ID #7900676)

The world celebrates Christmas the "holiday," with parties and shopping and such. Christians, however, celebrate Christmas the "holy day" (and the holiday, too, although combining the two can be a challenge). However, many are concerned that the Advent has lost its meaning in contemporary society. But in truth, the world doesn't celebrate the holy day. It's up to individuals, families and Christian communities to retain the celebrations of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. It is hoped that you can use this little book to retain the "holy day" during the holiday season. Enjoy!

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Luther's Passional (ID #6285673)

Especially at a time when literacy rates were low, the Passional was a popular form of instruction and devotion. It was Martin Luther’s belief that children and the uneducated were “more apt to retain the divine stories when taught by picture and parable than merely by words or instruction.” In his 1522 Personal Prayer Book, Luther included 50 pages of woodcuts, together with the brief scriptural passage describing the scene. In the 1522 edition, the woodcuts were commissioned from printer Hans Lufft. They were replaced in the 1529 edition with woodcuts from Albrecht Dürer. Unable to locate either of those sets of woodcuts, this re-creation used the woodcuts of Gustave Doré, the 18th century French artist.

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Luther's Writings on Prayer: A Selection (ID #8182733)

Martin Luther was a very prayerful man. In addition to his writing dedicated to the topic of prayer – as well as his many prayers – he frequently cast an aside concerning prayer in his many writings. Luther  said that “... whenever I happen to be prevented by the press of duties from observing my hour of prayer, the entire day is bad for me. Prayer helps us very much and gives us a cheerful heart, not account of any merit in the work, but because we have spoken with God and found everything to be in order.”

This selection of Luther's writings center on his primary three sources for prayer: The Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Creed.

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Prayer in the New Testament (ID #7507691)

 

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The Lenten Sermons of Martin Luther, Second Edition (ID #8292354)

Throughout his life, Luther was not merely a professor or scholar, but was also a pastor and preacher to his community and his university, and his devotion to the welfare of his people ran very deep. From 1521 through 1525, the sermons that he delivered in the churches in Wittenberg were painstakingly recorded and then published as the Kirchenpostille, the Church Sermons. Ten years later, Luther delivered another series of sermons, the Hauspostille, the House Sermons. The sermons that touch on the Lent from both these series are included in this edition, intended as a source of Lenten devotions.

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