‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

I usually save this for around Christmas-time; but I think we need it this week, too. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach–surely one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written, excellent for glorifying God. Performed here by Celtic Woman.

By Request, ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’

This request is from Erlene: O Come All Ye Faithful. I resisted the temptation to post yet another Nat King Cole rendition; this one is by Celtic Woman, and I hope you like it.

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

It would be remiss of me not to post this at Christmastime, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written, and written to the glory of the Lord–Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by J.S. Bach. The rendition by Celtic Woman is a little over-produced visually, for my taste–but the sound! If this doesn’t stir your soul, I don’t know what will.

By Request, ‘Joy to the World’

Requested by Phoebe: Joy to the World, performed by Celtic Woman with a great big orchestra to back them up. Words by Isaac Watts; music by–well, no one’s entirely sure. It might be a very old melody that had been kicking around for a few centuries. But now it’s permanently wedded to Watts’ lyrics.

And we’re off and running with our Christmas carol contest!

Bonus Hymn, ‘You Raise Me Up’

I reckon a lot of us can use this hymn today–You Raise Me Up, performed by Celtic Woman.

Raise us up, O Lord, as only you can do! We need it.

‘The Last Rose of Summer’

I’ve been having a terrible time trying to post this video.

This morning, for no reason I can discover, the procedure I’ve used to post videos–used it thousands of times without a problem–suddenly refused to work. WordPress has given me an alternative procedure that’s very complicated and difficult.

This day is shaping up to be a ripe old rotter.

I wished to post this beautiful song… to relax! Well, that didn’t work out. All I’ve done was lose about two hours of work time. Now I have to try to catch up. *Sigh*

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

I’m surprised no one has asked for this hymn yet–one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written–Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach. Sung here by Celtic Woman. Most often heard around Christmas-time, this is good for every day of the year. Hard to imagine mortal, sinful human beings creating anything this beautiful: but then we are made in His image.

By Request, ‘The Little Drummer Boy’

Our friend “theWhiteRabbit” asked for The Little Drummer Boy. I hope you like this performance of it by Celtic Woman.

Do you believe this? God looked down on the world and saw it was just as cruel, just as bad, as in the days of Noah. The strong prey on the weak, lies prey on truth, and the cry of it goes all the way up to Heaven. How can God heal it?

He sends a baby. Born in a manger, because there was no room at the inn.

Told you Christianity is wild!

By Request, ‘O Holy Night’

Linda asked for O Holy Night, and I chose this rendition by Celtic Woman: very nice, don’t you think?

On the youtube page for this hymn we find several “I’m-an-atheist-but” comments, saying how much they love the music. We sigh. They’re like people standing outside a bakery,  loving the aroma that comes drifting out–and declaring that there’s no such thing as cake.

Come in and taste that the Lord is good!

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

Is this not one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written? Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, composed by J.S. Bach, performed here by Celtic Woman–we usually find this hymn associated with Christmas, but it’ll do just fine year-round. If this hymn doesn’t stir your soul, I don’t know what will.