Martin Luther considered music “the living voice of the Gospel.” So it is not surprising that the father of the Lutheran Church, who not only posted Ninety-Five Theses to discuss the faith, also composed many hymns in order to sing the faith.
The best-known of Luther’s Christmas hymns is “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come.” He wrote this text as a kind of Christmas pageant for his own five surviving children and other members of his household for their 1534 family celebration of Christmas.
One cannot avoid the sense that this lovely 15-stanza Christmas hymn was intended for an intimate family celebration. One can almost picture the Luther family, gathered perhaps around 8-day-old Margaretha’s cradle, as 8-year-old Hans, or one of the student boarders who lived with the Luthers, dressed as an angel, invites the family to listen once again to the story of the birth of the infant Lord.
The children of Zion will present the message and meaning of the Christ’s birth at the 9:30a.m. service.