Wexford Carol

A New Music Video For Your Holiday Traditions

This inspirational modern-day take on the prodigal son depicts a family dealing with disappointment and loss leading to a joyful reconciliation. Set to Mack Wilberg’s stirring arrangement of the Irish “The Wexford Carol,” the video alludes to imagery found in the trilogy of parables found in Luke 15: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the ‘lost” or prodigal son. Learn more about the video from this blog article.

Find the Mormon Tabernacle Choir recording of “The Wexford Carol” on iTunes or find links to the Choir’s full Hallelujah! album.

Listen to the Choir perform the Wexford Carol live as part of the 2016 First Presidency Christmas Devotional by clicking here.

The Mormon tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square have even more inspirational Christmas music videos to help you and your’s celebrate the holiday season! Keep your eyes open for familiar themes and faces!

Wexford Carol Lyrics

Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending his beloved son
With Mary holy we should pray,
To God with love this Christmas Day
In Bethlehem upon that morn,
There was a blessed Messiah born.

The night before that happy tide,
The noble Virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town.
But mark right well what came to pass
From every door repelled, alas,
As was foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble ox’s stall.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep
To whom God’s angel did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear
Arise and go, the angels said
To Bethlehem, be not afraid
For there you’ll find, this happy morn
A princely babe, sweet Jesus, born.

With thankful heart and joyful mind
The shepherds went the babe to find
And as God’s angel had foretold
They did our Savior Christ behold
Within a manger he was laid
And by his side a virgin maid
Attending on the Lord of Life
Who came on earth to end all strife.

There were three wise men from afar
Directed by a glorious star
And on they wandered night and day
Until they came where Jesus lay
And when they came unto that place
Where our beloved Messiah lay
They humbly cast them at his feet
With gifts of gold and incense sweet.

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