God Sent His Only Son (Arsal Allah)

Maronite Christmas Hymn

Lyrics:

God sent his only Son from the heavens to the earth as the Light for all the world.
God’s Word has hid himself in the Virgin Mary’s womb, and from her he took his flesh.

His star was seen on high, shining brightly in the East, as foretold in Balaam’s words.
Wise men, led by the star to the place where Jesus lay, honored him with finest gifts.

hal-lel. hal-lel. hal-lel-loo-noh!
(Praise him! Praise him! Praise him, our Lord!)

This child Isaiah called “Wonderful and Mighty God” and proclaimed him as the Lord:
“Upon his shoulders rest full authority and power over all the universe.”

In truth, he is the Word and the Voice of God above, roaring with a lion’s strength.
Yet, as a gentle lamb, silently and peacefully,
he now dwells in Mary’s womb.

hal-lel. hal-lel. hal-lel-loo-noh!
(Praise him! Praise him! Praise him, our Lord!)

Nine months within her womb, Mary carried Christ, our Lord, he, who holds the universe.
She felt no weight at all while she bore the mighty One.
Truly, he is God and man!

Amazement filled the earth, since she had been made so pure, keeping her virginity:
before the child was born, and at birth, and afterwards,
and for all eternity.

hal-lel. hal-lel. hal-lel-loo-noh!
(Praise him! Praise him! Praise him, our Lord!)

His soul and body joined in a perfect unity
when he made the womb his home.
The oil of joy was poured by the Father from above to anoint him as the Christ.
His life in Mary’s womb, his conception, and his birth, these were great and wonderful.
We see the Spirit’s work in the Son of God made man, as portrayed in Ephrem’s words.

hal-lel. hal-lel. hal-lel-loo-noh!
(Praise him! Praise him! Praise him, our Lord!)

We sing to you, O Lord. From your Mother you appeared; truly God and truly man!
In you two natures dwell; and in you two wills reside;
yet you are, in person, one.

We praise and give you thanks, God the Father, and the Son, and the Spirit, three in one.
O Strong and Holy God, undivided Trinity,
you are blest from age to age.

hal-lel. hal-lel. hal-lel-loo-noh!
(Praise him! Praise him! Praise him, our Lord!)

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