By Request, ‘The King Shall Come’

SlimJim asked for this one, an Advent hymn–The King Shall Come, by Trevor Thomson.

Across the street from me, at St. Francis, they’ve set up the Christmas creche outside the church. Once a line of wild turkeys crossed Main Street to inspect the manger. Point is–even wild turkeys know it’s Christmastime!

By Request, ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’

Requested bySlimJim, and beautifully performed by a “traditional choir” somewhere–O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. And “Emmanuel,” says the Bible, means “God with us.”

We sang this for our seventh-grade Christmas concert–no longer allowed, of course.

God deliver us.

By Request, ‘On Jordan’s Bank’

I have just enough time, before I dash out for Christmas-shopping, to post this Advent hymn requested by Phoebe: On Jordan’s Bank. And if I don’t hurry, I won’t be able to find a parking space. Thank you, Phoebe.

By Request, ‘Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus’

And we have an Advent hymn request from Laura: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, written by Charles Wesley, published in 1745, and here performed by the St. John’s College Choir, Cambridge.

It can also be sung to the Welsh melody, “Hyfrydol,” one of my favorites–but this is quite nice, wouldn’t you say?