Video of the Week: Once in Royal David’s City
This week’s Video of the Week features an up and coming piano virtuoso, Philip Berger. Philip is currently a student at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee, WI. He has been playing piano almost his whole life, and has even become quite proficient on the organ already, too. He is a very gifted young man! He certainly seems to be a good candidate for the pastoral or teaching ministry! Regardless of his end vocation, God will undoubtedly bless his Church through Philip’s musical gifts.
Here is a video of Philip playing Once in Royal David’s City, a beautiful Christmas hymn. If you desire to meditate on the text while watching the video and listening to him play, it is posted below. Enjoy!
Once in royal David’s city
stood a lowly cattle shed,
where a mother laid her baby
in a manger for his bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.
He came down to earth from heaven,
who is God and Lord of all,
and his shelter was a stable,
and his cradle was a stall;
with the poor and mean and lowly,
lived on earth our Savior holy.
But our eyes at last shall see him,
through his own redeeming love;
for that Child, so dear and gentle,
is our Lord in heaven above;
and he leads his children on
to the place where he is gone.
Not in that poor lowly stable,
with the oxen standing by
shall we see him, but in heaven,
set at God’s right hand on high.
Then like stars his children crowned,
all in white, his praise will sound.