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Holy One

About the Song

Some songs have a story outside or behind the lyrics and some don’t. This one doesn’t.

This song is simply about a Baby, laid in a manger, visited by shepherds, and celebrated by the appearance of a new star. It’s about angels bringing tidings of joy and peace. It’s about the Savior who was born to be the Light and Life of the world, and to bear our weakness and grief and sin and infirmities and…

I guess it doesn’t need any other backstory.

I got a bit carried away while writing this one, so there’s a solo with flute, an SSA (the soprano II is optional), an alto/baritone duet, and an SATB. The flute part replaces the counterpoint and interest provided by the other parts, so it really doesn’t fit anything but the solo. The accompaniments are *not* interchangeable in most cases.

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Holy One (feat. James Loynes)
Holy One (Accompaniment Track)
Holy One (Piano Track)


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Holy one
God’s own son
In a manger sleeping
Starlight-crowned, to earth come down
From realms celestial-bright
His repose in swaddling clothes
‘Mid the shadows deep’ning
Born to mend a world of sin
And be our endless Light

Holy one
God’s own son
Sent to us in meekness.
Round His bed, by angels led
The shepherds praise His name.
From afar a glorious star
Beckons in the darkness
Leads the wise and lights their eyes
And guides them on their way

Holy one
God’s own son
Born to share our weakness,
Born beneath the song of peace
The host of heaven sings
Light thy star within our hearts
Oh, thou blessed Jesus!
Our delight this hallowed night
And evermore our King

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  1. Janie Reittinger

    I really , truly love your music.

  2. Angela Allen

    This is tender and sweet; I really like it. Our Ward choir doesn’t do this sort of thing (just the hymns, please) but I am going to submit it to my conductor in Wasatch Master Chorale. We love adding new things to the rep. Either the SATB or SSA would be perfect for our group. Thank you (again) for sharing your talents so generously. Best wishes for the new year.


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