Bonus Hymn: ‘Good Christian Men Rejoice’

Well, hardly anybody here today, only two views for that nice hymn that SlimJim requested–but maybe another hymn will do the trick.

This is a brand-new video by our own esteemed friends and colleagues, Joshua and Jeremy Swanson–an instrumental of the old-time carol, Good Christian Men Rejoice.

By the way, they’re not twins. Jeremy does seem to be growing kind of fast, though.

Joshua & Jeremy, ‘Good King Wenceslas’

That last post I ran was just a bit depressing. We don’t want to lose heart. We want to trust in God. We don’t know what to do, but He does.

So let’s raise our spirits with this: our own friends and esteemed colleagues, Joshua and Jeremy Swanson, with an instrumental rendition of Good King Wenceslas.

Because Christmas lives all year!

 

‘Noel Nouvelet’

This is a French traditional Christmas/New Year’s carol from the 15th century, sung byt the Kings College Choir at Cambridge–Noel Nouvelet. I’m sure I’ve never heard it before, yet it sounds faintly familiar.

‘Sing We Now of Christmas’

I wonder if I ought to post Christmas carols now and then throughout the year.

This is an instrumental piece by Quadriga Consort, Sing We Now of Christmas, French and English traditional.

Christ must conquer.

‘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.