Music: “Merton,” W. H. Monk, 1823-1889



The Fourth Sunday of Advent may have taken us unawares as it has fallen on Christmas Eve. Still, we come and light the final candle, acknowledging the wait is almost over.

This beautiful chant from the eighteen hundreds reminds us of the momentous meaning of the waiting, and longing.

Click the link to reflect along with the cantor:

Hark! A Herald Voice Is Calling

1. Hark! a herald voice is calling:
‘Christ is nigh,’ it seems to say;
‘Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!’

2. Startled at the solemn warning,
Let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, her Sun, all sloth dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies.

3. Lo! the Lamb, so long expected,
Comes with pardon down from heaven;
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all to be forgiven;

4. So when next he comes with glory,
Wrapping all the earth in fear,
May he then as our defender
Of the clouds of heaven appear.

5. Honour, glory, virtue, merit,
To the Father and the Son,
With the co-eternal Spirit,
While unending ages run. Amen.