W Zlobie Lezy

Scripture reading

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
–Luke 2:10-12

Thought of the Day

Back in 1925, an English translation of a Polish carol appeared in a periodical for youth published in London. In 1951, this carol was chosen to be added to the hymnal for Congregational churches in all of England. The editors listed the author as W Zlobie Lezy, because that was what was written at the bottom of the earlier translation. Many years later, those same editors were red-faced when a man who knew the Polish language saw the name and wrote to them. You see, there is no W Zlobie Lezy. Those words in Polish are “He lies in a cradle”. Here is the hymn.

Infant holy, Infant Lowly, For His bed a cattle stall.
Oxen lowing, Little knowing, Christ the babe is Lord of all.
Swift are winging, Angels singing,
Noels ringing, Tidings bringing:
Christ the babe is Lord of all.

Let the birth of the Christ child be a sign to you on Christmas day this year. Listen for the angels singing and the noels ringing the good news of great joy that Christ the babe is Lord of all.


Father, Thank you for the gift of Your Son. Amen.

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