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A Christmas Cento
What child is this?
Blessed are those who consider the helpless
love’s pure light
on a hill far away
and sees his brother in need
the silent stars go by
in the bleak midwinter
that we should love one another
breath of heaven
over the hills and everywhere
let every heart
Who is my neighbor?
the least of these
which now the angels sing.
Scripture references: Psalm 41:1, John 3:17,
1 John 3:11, Luke 10:29, and Matthew 25:40.
Excerpts from lyrics by William Chatterton Dix, Josef Mohr,
George Bennard, Phillips Brooks, Christina Rossetti, Amy
Grant and Chris Eaton, African-American spiritual compiled
by John Wesley Work Jr., Isaac Watts (interpretation of Psalm 98)
and Edmund Sears.
(Compiled by C.B. Harris)