By Request, ‘Adeste Fideles’ (Bing Crosby)

So many versions of this hymn! But you can’t go wrong with Bing Crosby, can you?

Requested by Ina (you remain in our prayers), Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful in Latin).

By Request, ‘Adeste Fideles’ (Pavarotti)

Running late–but there’s always time for Pavarotti.

Requested by Phoebe, Adeste Fideles, sung by Luciano Pavarotti at Notre Dame Cathedral, Montreal.

Our annual Christmas Carol Contest is still open, so let’s get in some more entries tomorrow morning. No carol has hit 20 views yet!

‘How Firm a Foundation’

In our old Dutch Reformed hymnal, way back when, this hymn was sung to the tune of Adeste Fideles. I haven’t heard it sung that way since.

How Firm a Foundation–an 18th-century classic hymn sung in 18th-century style by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

Andrea Bocelli, ‘Adeste Fideles’

What would happen if I just ran a whole bunch of hymns and carols today? Would the readership get bored and go away?

I don’t know. Let’s see what happens.

This is from my chess buddy, “jessicafischerqueen”–Andrea Bocelli singing Adeste Fideles–and I do mean singing.

By Request, ‘Adeste Fideles’ (Pavarotti)

Phoebe asked for Adeste Fideles, so I have given her Pavarotti at Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal.

Our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest is off to a good start–I hope many of you enter. If you’ve never made a hymn request before, now’s as good a time as any to start.

By Request, ‘Adeste Fideles’ (Pavarotti)

Requested by TheWhiteRabbit–Luciano Pavarotti singing Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful), at Notre Dame Cathedral, Montreal. This video was made in 1978–wow, has it really been 41 years? But the hymn, the day, and the power of the Holy Spirit are ageless.

By Request, ‘Adeste Fideles’

Requested by Phoebe: from Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal, Adeste Fideles, sung by Pavarotti.

And, huff-puff, I think I’ve caught up with the hymn requests!

Pavarotti, ‘Adeste Fideles’

I don’t feel like posting any news just now. How about some more Christmas music? Like Luciano Pavarotti singing Adeste Fideles at Notre Dame Cathedral, Montreal, back in 1978.

What a voice he had! A God-given gift, brought to full glory by his stewardship of it, hard work and practice. Listen! And I dare you to remain unmoved.

‘Adeste Fideles’ (Bing Crosby, 1942)

Think what it meant to sing this Christmas carol in 1942.

The United States and Britain were losing World War II. France was conquered. the next Germany offensive was expected to finish off Russia. No one would have been much doubted, if he predicted that no one but bloodthirsty dictators would come out of this war on top: a world given over to Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, the Japanese warlords, Mao Tse-tung. Lights out.

This is the world into which Jesus Christ entered in the flesh. Because God intervenes in history, the lights that went out in 1942 were turned back on. Because Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, we dare to sing to celebrate His birth, we dare to hope, we defy the powers of this fallen world.

Sing, sing, and sing louder!

Hymn, ‘Adeste Fideles’

By reader request, Adeste Fideles–the original Latin version of the carol we also know as O Come, All Ye Faithful. In some hymnals this melody is also used for the old Portuguese hymn, How Firm a Foundation.

I have to go to the nursing home today, but hopefully I’ll be back with more later.

Sing louder, everybody–the King of Kings has come!

And who but the Lord Our God would have ever thought of having the King come into the world by way of a manger?