‘It Came Upon A Midnight Clear’ (Joshua & Jeremy)

Before my head explodes, courtesy of flaming computers, here’s a carol which I hope will calm me down–It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, performed by our dear friends and esteemed colleagues, Joshua and Jeremy.

I love this hymn. One of my earliest memories: I’m sitting on Uncle Bernie’s lap, and this carol is playing somewhere in the house.

By Request, ‘Good King Wenceslas’ (Bing Crosby)

We have another request for Good King Wenceslas, this one from Michele Dumas. Let’s try Bing Crosby’s rendition.

The annual Christmas Carol Contest is open to all, enter as often as you like–don’t be bashful, don’t be shy, step up and let those carols fly.

By Request, ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’

Well, whatever else I do today, I’ve posted three Christmas carols for our contest and we have done our bit for the Christmas spirit–glory to God in the highest!

Nominated by Phoebe: Angels We Have Heard on High, by the Christendom College Choir and Schola Gregoriana.

By Request, ‘Unto Us a Child Is Born’

We have this request from Thewhiterabbit–Unto Us a Child is Born, from Handel’s Messiah… via Isaiah 9:6. Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

We have one more carol coming up… Everybody, vote with your views.

By Request, ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ (Bing & Bowie)

We’ve been around the track together often enough for me to know that this is one of Ina’s favorite Christmas carol videos–David Bowie and Bing Crosby, and The Little Drummer Boy.

The carol contest is in full swing now; enter, all, while ye may!

By Request, ‘On Jordan’s Bank’

This is not a Christmas carol, but it is sort of an Advent hymn, so I’m letting it into the contest

Requested by Phoebe–On Jordan’s Bank, sung by the St. Edmondsbury Cathedral Choir.

Christians Now a Minority in England, Wales

Weep for Britain: she has lost her soul.

If that’s too much, well, sorry! It’s the mother country. As an American, I’ll always feel an attachment to Britain–even if they were the bad guys in 1812.

This year, for the first time ever, the Office for National Statistics reported Christians in the minority in England and Wales–46.2 percent, down 13.1 percent from 2011 (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/11/29/uk-census-christians-now-minority-england-wales-first-time/). That’s an awful lot of ground to lose, in just ten years between surveys.

Cradle of saints! David, Aaron, Julius, Kentigern, Bede, Augustine of Canterbury–it would take all day to list them all.

Even the massive importation of Muslims can’t fully account for the numbers.

Second on the list, the No. 2 spot, went to “No Religion,” at 37.2 percent. In fact, all “religions” increased their numbers except for Christianity.

There are reasons for this change. There have to be reasons for it. Meanwhile, although they bear the title “Defender of the Faith,” British royals have left us in doubt as to what faith they mean to defend, if any.

It’s an evil age in a fallen world; and we pray, “God defend us!”

By Request, ‘Adeste Fideles’ (Pavarotti)

Would you believe I learned this hymn in school? In third grade. In Latin, no less!

Requested by Phoebe: Adeste Fideles, sung by Luciano Pavarotti in 1978 at Notre Dame Cathedral, Montreal. Watch close: you may catch him fighting off a tear.

By Request, ‘Adeste Fideles’ (Nat King Cole)

Ina, you asked for Adeste Fideles by Nat King Cole, and here it is! We know there were prombles with O Come All Ye Faithful yesterday. Hopefully this video can be viewed in Scotland at the Philippines.

(I’d love to hear that whole album…)

By Request, ‘Away in a Manger’

Do you feel it yet–the Christmas spirit? You know, I think I do! My soul is drinking in these carols.

Requested by Erlene–Away in a Manger, sung by Nat King Cole. This is the carol’s American melody. Next time I post it, I’ll use the British melody.

Come on, now, don’t be shy! There’s room in this contest for everybody.