Journey of the Magi
We Three Kings
We three kings of Orient are,
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.
O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.
Born a King on Bethlehem's plain,
Gold I bring to crown Him again;
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign.
"Where Jesus has entered in for us in advance,
a Forerunner having become the High Priest forever
after the order of Melchizedek."
Frankincense to offer have I,
Incense owns a Deity nigh;
Prayer and praising, all men raising,
Worship Him, God on high.
Aromatic frankincense is a resin which was used as
part of the incense burned in the Tent of Meeting by Moses.
The gift of frankincense presented to the Christ Child is
symbolic of His willingness to become a living sacrifice on the
cross for the sins of all mankind.
Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding dying,
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.
Meaning "bitter" in the Aramaic language, Myrrh is
a resin of the Horn of Africa and is used as perfume, incense, and
for medicinal purposes to alleviate pain. In keeping with Hebrew
custom, Jesus was offered a cup of wine mixed with myrrh and gall,
which He refused to drink despite the terrible agony He endured on the cross.
Glorious now behold Him arise,
King, and God, and Sacrifice;
Heav'n sings Alleluia;
Alleluia the earth sings.
The Empty Tomb
"Save us, O God of our salvation!
Gather and rescue us from among the nations,
so we can thank Your holy name and rejoice
and praise You."
1 Chronicles 16:35
"We Three Kings of Orient Are"
Composed by John Henry Hopkins Jr.