TELL ME AGAIN
"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
"And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God. And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities."
The Story Behind the Song
"Tell Me Again" is a very simple arrangement of the song "Silent Night." This song came into being because of my sweet, tender-hearted boys. Every night during the Christmas season, and even for several months afterward, they would ask me to stand at their bedside and sing Silent Night. Even though it is a song they have heard countless times, they never tire of hearing it again. One night, my oldest asked, "Please sing that Christmas song again mom. The one that tells about the night Jesus was born." Then the other boys chimed in with, "yes, sing it again, sing it again." That night, I heard this countermelody in my head as I sang to them.
Tell me again of the child of Bethlehem
Of the night a new star filled the Holy Heaven.
Tell of Shepherds who would heed the angels' call
Leaving their flocks behind to seek the Lord of all.
Tell how Mary held her child so tenderly
And how Jesus was born for me.
Silent Night, Holy Night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy Infant so tender and mild.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace.