Tag Archives: Christmas 2017

‘Gloria in excelsis Deo’ (Fountainview)

That’s a pretty nice natural amphitheater God set up for them, isn’t it?

The kids at Fountainview Academy perform Gloria in excelsis Deo, “Glory to God in the Highest.”

Lord, grant this Christmas season of 2017 great power to draw all hearts to Jesus Christ, our rightful King and Savior: amen.

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.

‘O Holy Night’ ( Andre Rieu)

It used to be, whenever I went to my aunts’ house around Christmastime,  they were watching this guy on television–Andre Rieu, with his Johann Strauss Orchestra. They loved him.

Well, now I can’t go there anymore. The very house has been torn down and replaced, no sign remaining that it ever existed, and they’ve all gone on before, leaving but a few of us on the earth. Aunt Joan is the last of us in her generation.

I will not forget. Hard for me to watch this video, but I wouldn’t want to miss it: the happy times that were shall be again, in Christ’s Kingdom. God has promised it.

Bonus: ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’

It’s ten days to Christmas, I look out the window and it’s snowing like mad, and let’s just drop the nooze for a while and get back to the Good News–Jesus Christ is born! The Word of God has come in the flesh.

We don’t often get to hear all the verses of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, but here they are, courtesy of Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

The invitation is still open to any reader to request a Christmas hymn: can’t have too many of those. Request as many as you want, there’s no limit.

‘The Best Christmas Song I Ever Heard’

When Susan asked me to post this Christmas hymn, I wondered, “How am I supposed to find it, if she won’t give me the title?” Well, it turns out that is the title–The Best Christmas Song I’ve Ever Heard. She’s sure you’ll like it.

I have to try to finish Christmas shopping this morning, and get back before Joe Collidge shows up and disgraces this blog. At 9:30 a.m. here in New Jersey, it’s 15 Global Warming degrees outside today.

By Request, ‘This Little Baby is Born’

From our friend in Australia, “Optimal Play,” This Little Baby is Born, sung by Ross Wilson, backed up by the Melbourne Salvation Army Band. Thanks, mate!

I can only work half an hour more this morning, then I’ve got to go Christmas shopping. We buy a lot of stuff online, but I still like to visit the stores and imbibe a festive air–and I might see something that’d make a jim-dandy present but which I never would have thought of without seeing it.

I’ll be back this afternoon.

By Request, ‘Wise Men Follow Him’

Before I get into any more news (I suppose I’ll have to, *sigh*), let’s have this from Erlene–Wise Men Follow Him, sung by Carroll Roberson.

Lord, if we ever needed a Savior, we need you now! Come, Lord Jesus, come.

‘On This Day Earth Shall Ring’

This is one of our older Christmas carols, On This Day Earth Shall Ring: lyrics published in 1582, and the melody has been traced by into the 1300s in Finland. Performed here by St. Malachy’s College Choir, Belfast.

Turn up the volume and open the window–this poor world needs Christmas!

About the ‘Beauty Beyond Bones’ Reblog

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Beauty Beyond Bones is a blog I follow regularly: nice Catholic girl. And what she had to say yesterday is very important. It only took her one sentence to make the point clear:

“It’s time to open the door and let Christmas out.”

Bullseye! Bingo! Hit the nail on the head! So absolutely of course I reblogged it.

Before she made her point, she told a rather hair-raising story of a ghastly experience in church that must have scared her but good. That experience shows what kind of age we live in.

The rulers of the darkness of this world are doing everything they can to wipe out Christmas, or, even better from their point of view, pervert it. We mustn’t let them do it!

‘O Holy Night’ (Josh Groban)

Erlene called for this one–O Holy Night, sung by Josh Groban–and it’s just beautiful. Open a window and turn up the volume. The world needs to hear God’s message of salvation.

The clips are from a film called The Nativity Story.

Like another song says, Go tell it on the mountain–that Jesus Christ is born!

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