By Request, ‘Infant Holy, Infant Lowly’

Requested by Phoebe–sorry, couldn’t find one with both lyrics and a nice sound–Infant Holy, Infant Lowly is originally a Polish Christmas hymn. Sung here by the choir at King’s College, Cambridge.

‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’

This Christmas hymn comes to us from the 12th century, when it was sung in Latin. Emmanuel, the Bible tells us, means “God with us.” And how we need Him with us!

O Lord Our God! Bless this Christmas season, and give it power to bring us back to Jesus Christ our only Savior. Amen.

Again, ‘O Holy Night’

One more morsel of Christmas–this one courtesy of my friend “jessicafischerqueen,” who posted this video on my chess forum page.

I dunno, where is everybody today? Are you all Christmased out, or what? Or just plain tired? Well, who would blame you? I’m running on the fumes, too.

Anyhow, I’m still taking requests for hymns and Christmas carols, so don’t be shy, let me know what you’d like to see and hear.

Hymn, ‘The Huron Carol’

This is the oldest Christmas hymn known from Canada. It was composed by missionaries in 1643 for the Huron people. Their word for God was “Manitou,” but it means God–our God, Father of Jesus Christ. If the words and details seem strange, remember what the Bible says–of one blo0d made He all the nations of men (Acts 17:26).

I am still taking requests for carols to be posted here, and from now on I will take requests for hymns every day of the year. When it comes to loving and praising our heavenly Father, and His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, every day is the right day for that.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Hymn, ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’

You didn’t think I’d let Christmas Eve pass without posting O, Come, All Ye Faithful, did you? No way.

This is that choir from Newcastle again: just beautiful. Open your heart, and Jesus will come in. Open up and see.

Hymn, ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’

Here’s a 900-year-old hymn that’s still loved and sung today. This version is unusual in that it features an oboe solo. Very nice!

Well, now comes the enormous job of setting up our Christmas tree. This year we have a duck for Christmas dinner. And tomorrow, the always-exciting ride on the Garden State Parkway, aka Ben Hur’s Chariot Race, to see my sister and brother.

I’ll try to get back to you all again before the day is over; but if I can’t, then a Merry Christmas to all!

Hymn, ‘Hark, the Herald Angels Sing’

Wow! Newcastle-Upon-Tyne is in the north of England, and can they sing!

Do you know all the words to this carol? Listen! Read! We hear it so often, and usually with only half an ear. But this time hear it fresh, as if for the first time. It’s well worth it.

Tomorrow we put up our tree, a big job, and have our Christmas dinner. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to blog, but I’ll try my hardest to give you something.

Merry Christmas to all! And I don’t mean maybe.

Hymn, ‘Good King Wenceslas’

I’d be very sorry to skip this one.

The story behind this 19th century carol is interesting. Wenceslas was a duke not a king, who lived in what is now the Czech Republic, but for long as called Bohemia, back in the early 900s. He accepted martyrdom for his faith and was recognized as a saint soon afterward. He was also promoted to a king, posthumously. And yes, he really was famous for braving a fierce winter storm to personally deliver much-needed alms and provisions to a poor man who needed them.

Today our leaders know better. When they wish to perform acts of charity, they seize one man’s property and give it to another, never, never parting with anything of their own. Take the page’s stuff and make another page deliver it to the poor man–minus, of course, the big chunk of it that sticks to your own fingers.

Fie on them all. Long live the memory of Wenceslas. May his example uproot and replace what we have now.

 

Hymn, ‘The Wexford Carol’

My editor, Susan, suggested this one. I’d never heard of it.

But wow! This is gorgeous. The combination of an angelic singing voice (Alison Krauss), cello (Yo-Yo Ma), and bagpipes?–yes, bagpipes–is as beautiful as it is unexpected.

Hymn, ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’

I couldn’t wait till tomorrow to post this. It’s an old French hymn, and I love it. Angels We Have Heard on High–right out of the Gospel of Luke. I hope you enjoy it, as I do.

P.S.–I fully expected someone to win the Comment Contest today, but things kind of ground to a halt this afternoon. If you post the 4,000th comment here, you win one of my books.