Best Ever ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’

We posted this last year and it didn’t win the carol contest; but this year it’s really getting views! But that’s only because it’s so wonderful. Moves me just about to tears.

O Come All Ye Faithful, performed by the students at Fountainview Academy on this cute little train–on the Kettle Valley Railway in Summerland, British Columbia.

What would you give to take this ride with them?

Encore, ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ (Fountainview Academy)

I just felt like hearing O Come All Ye Faithful one more time. And it’s been years and years since I had anything like a scenic train ride. This is the Kettle Valley Railway in British Columbia, with the Fountainview Orchestra aboard.

By Request, the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’

Who wants to let Christmas or Easter go by without the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s The Messiah?

Requested by TheWhiteRabbit, here’s the Royal Choral Society and Hallelujah.

By Request, ‘Silent Night’ (Enya)

We’ve still got some Christmas music for you. Here’s one requested by Joshua: Silent Night, sung by Enya in Irish Gaelic.

‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ (Burl Ives)

It wasn’t easy to post this hymn. The computer kept giving me “Holly Jolly Christmas” instead. That has now vanished somewhere into cyberspace, and here is Burl Ives, O Little Town of Bethlehem.

Thank you for your prayers, everybody. I should be back to normal sometime this afternoon.

And Here’s Our Winner!

G’day, boys ‘n’ girls, and stand up and cheer the winner of our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest!

Our winner is…. Lydia! She posted this rendition of Joy to the World on Dec. 9, and that day it got 44 views. We still don’t know the name of the children’s choir that’s singing it, but whoever they are, it’s lovely.

Lydia, you have won an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever. It hasn’t been published yet, but it will be soon.

All of us together raised a joyful noise unto the Lord, this Christmas season. And if there are still some Christmas hymns you’d like to hear, all you’ve gotta do is ask for them.

This is Byron the Quokka looking forward to the next contest… See the source image

(Sorry, didn’t mean for the picture to turn out anywhere near that big!)

By Request, ‘The People That in Darkness Sat’

Requested by TheWhiteRabbit especially for Advent, coming to us via Isaiah, The People That in Darkness Sat: and this is The Lutheran Warbler, working her way through the Lutheran Hymnal.

By Request, ‘Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence’

Joshua found this for us–Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, sung by Fernando Ortega. The words come from an ancient Greek liturgy; the melody, from an ancient French carol.

Tomorrow I’ll Announce the Winner!

See the source image

G’day, everybody! Byron the Quokka here, with the last of some special pound cake my aunts had for Christmas–and some news.

Tomorrow’s the day we announce the winner of our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest. We quokkas already know who it’s gonna be, but I’ll be in big trouble if we let it slip.

The winner will get an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever, which should be published sometime very soon, everything is ready.

Now, does this mean we won’t post any more Christmas carols until next Christmas? Perish the thought! We are committed (I heard that in a commercial once, and it sounded great!) to posting the hymns that you, the readers, wish to hear. If you ask for In the Bleak Midwinter in July, we’re only too happy to post it for you.

Tune in tomorrow for the awesome climax to our contest!

‘The Little Drummer Boy’

This rendition of The Little Drummer Boy by the Harry Simeone Chorale deeply moved me. Maybe it was the video. All the dreadful things that happen–and yet there’s still Christmas. God gave it to us because He knows we need it.