‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’

I don’t think we posted this carol, this Christmas. Well, there are so many of them, it’s not hard to miss one.

Without further ado–Angels from the Realms of Glory, an exceedingly lively version from Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

One More Time: ‘Gesu Bambino’ (With a Christmas Prayer)

Let’s not let go of Christmas just yet.

There is sweetness and healing to be found in Christmas, and in this hymn, Gesu Bambino, sung by Luciano Pavarotti with the Vienna Boys Choir–even in this Christmas, marred by dirty politics and the COVID panic, and all the ills of this world which Dante called “that little threshing-floor that makes us all so fierce.” It was to save this world that Jesus Christ was born; and save it He will.

O Lord our God! Grant this past Christmas power to work all year, every day, to tame our wild hearts and draw us to Christ our Savior and our King, to move us to repentance, to move us to love one another, and forbear with one another, as we should. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Request, ‘Go Tell It on the Mountain’

We love posting hymns requested by our readers! And as far as we’re concerned, there’s no such thing as a wrong time for a Christmas carol.

Requested by Joshua–Go Tell It on the Mountain, sung a capella by GLAD.

‘We Three Kings’

I couldn’t let the Christmas season go without posting this lively performance of We Three Kings by Hugh Jackman, David Hodson, and Peter Cousen. Can these guys sing, or what!

The carol contest is over, but we’re still taking requests.

By Request, ‘Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne’

Requested by Joshua, Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne. I couldn’t find the name of the artist performing it, but I went with this version anyhow. It’s nice and soothing, and it found me in the middle of collecting nooze–which was not doing my blood pressure any good.

We have the Good News of the gospel, and we’re still in the Christmas season: cling to Christ’s throne. Cling to His cross.

Encore: ‘Pat-a-Pan’

There aren’t many carols for a fife and a drum anymore; but here’s one from medieval Burgundy, before it was part of France: Pat-a-Pan, performed by Quadriga Consort. We used to sing this in school–imagine that.

By Request, ‘Come On, Ring Those Bells’

Requested by Erlene–Come On, Ring Those Bells, by Carroll Roberson with… is that Mrs. Roberson? I don’t know, but I’m sure some of you out there do. Please advise.

Encore, ‘The Sussex Carol’

Well, no one has requested any hymns this morning, though we should still be in the mood for Christmas carols; so I thought I’d like to encore one of my favorites–The Sussex Carol, first published in the 17th century for surely older than that, performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

We’re not really done with carols, are we? Christmas 2021 is a very long way away…

‘Gaudete’

No one got around to entering this carol in the carol contest: a medieval Christmas carol, Gaudete–whose lyrics tell us, in Latin, to rejoice, for Jesus Christ is born of Mary.

Performed by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, and the London Cello Orchestra.

And the Winner of Our Carol Contest Is….

May we have a drum roll, please?

Ahem! The winner of our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest, with Joy to the World by Nat King Cole, is [trumpet fanfare]–

Hey! You! I asked for a drum roll, didn’t I? Look alive up there, willya? Now where was I? Byron, have you seen that piece of paper with the numbers on it? “It’s right there in front of you, boss. Don’t be so nervous.”

Ah. Yes. Our carol contest winner. Y’know, it was a funny thing. The winning entry was posted on the day after the contest opened, got 25 views that day, and no one ever overtook it. I never expected that to happen. I thought the lead would change hands again and again, leading to unbearable suspense and lots of hyperventilating. But the only one who hyperventilated was Byron the Quokka’s Uncle Ulysses, who always hyperventilates around this time of year anyway.

What? What did you kick me for? Who do you think you’re poking? What’s that? “The winner, boss! Who is the winner?”

Didn’t I say? Sorry! Gimme another trumpet fanfare. [Drum roll] (He sighs. There is nothing to be done about it.)

The winner of our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest is… Erlene!

That means you get an autographed copy of His Mercy Endureth Forever, Erlene–or any earlier book in the series (except Bell Mountain, I’ve run out of those), or you can wait for The Wind from Heaven, whenever it gets published: sometime this spring, I expect. Anyway, send me your mailing address and tell me what book you’d like to get–we’ll do the rest at our end.

Thanks, everybody, for playing and enjoying our carol contest. We’ll keep on posting Christmas carols for as long as you want them–and don’t forget the comment contest, which has started already!

Happy New Year to all!