The Hands That First Held Mary's Child
Bukas Palad Lyrics


Were hard from working wood
From boards they sawed and nailed and filed
And splinters they withstood

This day they gripped no tool of steel
They drove no iron nail
But cradled from the head to heel
Our Lord, newborn and frail

When Joseph marvelled at the size
Of that small breathing frame
And gazed upon those bright new eyes
And spoke the infant's name

The angel's voice he once had dreamed
Poured out from heaven's height
And like the host of starts that gleamed
Blessed earth with welcome light

This Child will be Emmanuel
Not God upon a throne

But God-with-us, Emmanuel
As close as blood and bone

The tools which Joseph laid aside
A mob would later lift
And use with anger, fear and pride
To crucify God's gift

Let us, O Lord, not only hold
The Child who's born today
But charged with faith, may we behold
To follow in His way

The tiny form in Joseph's palms
Confirmed what he had heard
And from his heart rose hymns and psalms
For heaven's human Word

This Child shall be Emmanuel
Not God upon the Throne
But God-with-us, Emmanuel
As close as blood and bone (Repeat)

As close as blood and bone

Contributed by Nora L. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Comments from YouTube:

Reynald David Perez

Loved this Christmas song so much. Reflects on the theological background of Christmas, that the child born of the Virgin Mary & raised by St. Joseph will soon become the Messiah & Emmanuel.⭐🎄

Phillie Geronimo

Such fitting tribute to St. Joseph!
In this year dedicated to him by Pope Francis.
Thank you, Fr. Manoling, thank you Bp Music Ministry. Thank you JesCom.

Becca Baoy Gonzales

Eternal Rest Grant Unto The Soul of Elizabeth Oh Lord and Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her May She Rest In Peace. And our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family🙏🏻

Lester Mendiola

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Becca Baoy Gonzales

Mama Mary, please hold the hand of Elizabeth, lead her to your Son, Jesus Christ as she joins her husband Stephen 🌹🌹🌹🕯🕯🕯💐💐💐❤❤❤ Thank you Miss Elizabeth for goodtimes. Have a Happy New Year in Heaven!

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