We Three Kings of Orient Are

And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
Matthew 2:9-11

John Henry Hopkins, Jr. used one particular piece of music – to which he both wrote lyrics and composed the melody – that transports the hearer back to the Middle East of so long ago.

He penned the words to a song for a Christmas pageant that would be held at the seminary in 1857. He called it “Three Kings of Orient” and in an unusual move for the day, also composed the music for the piece.

Christmas Moments II is a series on the True Man Podcast.

On each episode in the series, Ed Blonski shares a devotional story about a Christmas song. You’ll then hear an original arrangement by Richard Souther.

The stories come from the book Christmas Moments II – An Epic Journey of Biblical Proportion. You can purchase a paperback copy here (and you’ll get a Kindle version for free!).

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