The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Father of Peace, and God of Consolation

Θεος ων ειρηνης.

St. Cosmas of Jerusalem, the Melodist (A.D. 760)

Ode V, Canon for Christmas Day

Source: Rev. John Mason Neale, D.D., Hymns of the Eastern Church. First Edition. (London: J. T. Hayes, 1862)

 Meter: 11,10,11,10,8,8

Father of Peace, and GOD of Consolation!
    The Angel of the Counsel dost Thou send
To herald peace, to manifest Salvation,
    Thy Light to pour, Thy knowledge to extend;
Whence, with the morning’s earliest rays,
Lover of men! Thy Name we praise.

Midst Caesar’s subjects Thou, at his decreeing,
    Obey’dst and was enrolled: our mortal race,
To sin and Satan slave, from bondage freeing,
    Our poverty in all points didst embrace:
And by that Union didst combine
The earthly with the All-Divine.

Behold! The virgin, prophecy sustaining1
    Incarnate Deity conceived and bore;
Virgin in birth, and virgin still remaining2
    And man to GOD is reconciled once more:
Wherefore in faith her name we bless,
And Mother of our GOD confess.

Sheet Music from Rev. John Mason Neale, D.D., Hymns of the Eastern Church. Fourth Edition. (London: J. T. Hayes, 1882), edited by Very Rev. Stephen Georgeson Hatherly, Mus. B., Archpriest of the Patriarchal Æcumenical Throne.


1. In later editions: Lo! Mary, as the world’s long day was waning.  Return

2. In later editions: Virgin in birth, and after birth, remaining.  Return

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