A hymn upon the new year

Now greet the swiftly changing year
with joy and penitence sincere;
rejoice, rejoice, with thanks embrace
another year of grace.

For Jesus came to wage sin’s war;
this Name of names for us he bore;
rejoice, rejoice, with thanks embrace
another year of grace.

His love abundant far exceeds
the volume of a whole year’s needs;
rejoice, rejoice, with thanks embrace
another year of grace.

With such a Lord to lead our way
in hazard and prosperity,
what need we fear in earth or space
in this new year of grace?

“All glory be to God on high
and peace on earth,” the angels cry;
rejoice, rejoice, with thanks embrace
another year of grace.

Slovak carol, 17th century, trans. Jarvosla J. Vajda (1919-2008), alt. in The Hymnal 1982

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