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Divine Service: Gloria in Excelsis

Thus the angels sang on that Holy Night when Jesus was born (St. Luke 2.14).  The Son of God became a little baby.  As Jesus was born in Bethlehem, so He also wants to enter into our hearts.  As He came into the world on that first Christmas Day, so He comes to us in His Word and Sacrament.  Every Sunday becomes Christmas, and we join with the angels in the first Christmas carol.

The praise which the angels began we continue.  Therefore, we join in “We praise Thee…”

“The Little Service Book” was written by the Rev. Berthold von Schenk (1895-1974), pastor of Our Saviour—New York, as an explanation of the Common Service for children.

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