Infant Holy, Infant Lowly - LSB 393

This folk hymn from Poland simply gives us the Christmas story in simple images.

Stanza One:

Infant holy, Infant lowly, For His bed a cattle stall; Oxen lowing, Little knowing Christ the child is Lord of all. Swiftly winging, Angels singing, Bells are ringing, Tidings bringing: Christ the child is Lord of all! Christ the child is Lord of all.

It is such a strange thought: the Christ child, the Lord of all, made His bed with the animals. The animals don’t understand the significance of what is going on, and yet Jesus remains the Lord of all. Then the angels come to tell the great tidings, not to kings and lords, but to the lowliest of the lowly: shepherds.

Stanza Two:

Flocks were sleeping, Shepherds keeping Vigil till the morning new Saw the glory, Heard the story, Tidings of a Gospel true. Thus rejoicing, Free from sorrow, Praises voicing, Greet the morrow: Christ the child was born for you! Christ the child was born for you!

Royal announcements are not made to lowly shepherds. Besides, who would believe them? But God chose the lowly things of this world to shame the proud and so He had His angels announce His Son’s birth to a group of shepherds living out in the fields who were keeping watch over their flocks by night. The angels appeared and their lives were changed. “Christ the child was born for you,” they heard the angels say. And so they couldn’t keep it to themselves, but ran off to tell everyone and worship the Christ child in the lowly manger. The message they received is for you as well: “Christ the child was born for you!”