He Came Because the Father Willed
Translation by Rev. John Brownlie
Source: John Brownlie, ed., Hymns from the Morningland (London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1911), p. 17-8.
Ὁ Πατὴρ εὐδόκησεν,
Stichera Idiomela. Christmas.
He came because the Father willed,
And from the midst of heaven’s renown,
The promise to our world fulfilled,
And won a kingdom for His crown.
He came because He willed to bear
The burden that His love imposed;
And all our lot of sorrow share,
Until the day in darkness closed.
Ah! angels hailed that morning
And in the heavens their carols sung;
But God Himself was hid in night,
When sin and death their arrows flung.
But not to sink beneath their
The God-man girt Him for the fray;
And from the darkness of that hour,
There sprang the light of endless day.
And wounded souls the triumph knew;
Fresh courage to the faint was given;
And e’en the dead to life anew,
Rose in the glorious might of heaven.
For sin was crushed, and death was
All hail, the great victorious Son,
Who mounts the throne of heaven again,
To rule the kingdom He has won.
Other Christmas-tide hymns from the Greek Church can be found in Christmas Hymns from John Brownlie.
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