Gabriel's Message

Lyrics to the Christmas carol Gabriel’s Message.


History and facts about Gabriel’s Message.

  • Gabriel’s Message is also known as The angel Gabriel from heaven came.
  • Sting performs Gabriel’s Messageon the Christmas album If On a Winter’s Night released in 2009.
  • The origin of Gabriel’s Message is a Basque Christmas carol.
  • The lyrics are about the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary by the archangel Gabriel (Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:46-55).
  • Gabriel’s Message is a traditional Christmas carol written down by the French music teacher and composer Charles Bordes and transferred into English by Sabine Baring-Gould.
  • The carol is often performed as arranged by Edgar Pettman in the book Modern Christmas Carols published in 1892.


Lyrics to Gabriel’s Message.

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
His wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame,
All hail, said he, thou lowly maiden Mary!
Most highly favoured Lady, Gloria!

For known a blessed mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honour thee,
Thy son shall be Emmanuel by seers foretold,
Most highly favoured Lady, Gloria!

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
“To me be as it pleaseth God,” she said,
“my soul shall laud and magnify his holy Name.”
Most highly favoured Lady, Gloria!

Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born
in Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
and Christian folk throughout the world will ever say,
Most highly favoured Lady, Gloria!