Christmas Hallelujah

Read Luke 1:26-38

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” – Luke 1:31-33

There is a beautiful Christmas version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” released in 2013 or 2014 by Kansas-based band Cloverton. You might be surprised to learn that there is at least some controversy about the Christmas version of the song. It was even removed from Youtube for a while, but is back on now. After reading the lyrics – in anticipation of singing it on Christmas Day at St. John – I decided to write an additional verse referencing Jesus’ resurrection and eternal reign. Listen to the song and then consider this additional verse. I hope you like it.

And so You died; laid in the grave
But on the third day You rose to save
And gave us life eternal – hallelujah!
And now we sing and praise Your name
Exalted Lord, Jesus You reign
Forever in our hearts we sing hallelujah!
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

© 2017 David Bahn. ARR.

  1. cmay1228 said:


    In His Service,

  2. Karen Neitzke said:

    Wonderful addition! The handbells choir will be playing this song in the concert on December 17 with handbells and hand chimes. It is awesome!

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