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‘For Unto Us a Child is Born’

This is part of Handel’s Messiah, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra; and for once I can give you the lyrics.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace…      –Isaiah 9:6

Suggested by Erlene.


‘A Great and Mighty Wonder’

Suggested by Erlene: A Great and Mighty Wonder, sung by the King’s College Choir at Cambridge.

Keep singing!


Music for ‘A Christmas Carol’

I love Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and this wonderful 1984 movie version of it, starring George C. Scott as Scrooge. And I really love this theme music, composed by Nick Bicat, And God Bless Us, Every One.

I guess there are those who think A Christmas Carol is old hat. Are you kidding me? This is a movie about repentance and redemption–and who in this fallen world doesn’t need repentance and redemption? Who is more to be pitied than someone who has no hope of redemption?

But that’s exactly what Our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world to do for us.


A Promise God Has Kept

God promised Abraham that in him and in his seed–ultimately, in Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God–all the nations of the world will be blessed. This promise is repeated throughout the Old Testament, in a variety of forms.

Which brings us to this video of a Japanese orchestra performing a composition by a German composer in praise of Jesus Christ, born in Judea 20 centuries ago. God has blessed all the nations of the world, for Christ is king for all of them.

Let us take great pains to declare that, in this 2016 Christmas season.

(And hey, everybody, I stand ready to post your Christmas hymn requests. Step right up and don’t be shy! You don’t need an alibi!)


‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’

It might be said that this is the quintessential Advent hymn, O Come, O Come Emmanuel–here performed by a traditional choir in a lovely and rather complicated musical arrangement.

Hey, everybody–where are your Christmas music requests? We had a lot of fun with that last year! Let’s proclaim the coming of the Lord!


One More Carol: ‘Gesu Bambino’

Is it too late to post one more Christmas carol? Nah!

This is the U.S. Army Band performing Gesu Bambino, and it is knock-your-block-off beautiful! I always loved this carol, but I never knew what it was called. My wife has enlightened me: it’s one of her favorites.

Remember, the hymn shop is open from now on, I will take requests day or night, and there’s no reason for anybody to be bashful. Step right up and let me know if there’s a hymn you’d like to hear on this site. All you have to do is scroll down a little and “Leave a Comment.”


‘Christmas in Iceland’

Christianity came to Iceland around 1000 A.D., and in very little time, the converts were holier than the missionary–a hasty and troublesome man whom, I suspect, the Church wished to get rid of by sending him to Iceland. That’s the story told in Njal’s Saga.

Christmas doesn’t look or sound so different, up there on the northern edge of the world. Anyway, I thought you might enjoy a glimpse of it.


A Most Unusual Welsh Carol

Be patient: the music doesn’t kick in until this video’s halfway over. There is nothing wrong with your computer. Anyhow, when you finally hear it, it’s worth waiting for.

Most of us already know All Through the Night, but I’ll bet hardly any of us ever heard it played on a theremin. That’s that weird instrument that makes eerie music for science fiction movies. You’ll know it when you hear it. Invented in 1928, the theremin is the original electronic musical instrument. You play it without touching anything. Please don’t ask me to explain how that works.

It’s the day after Christmas: but the Christ Child lives all year.


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, ‘Pat-a-Pan’

Merry Christmas, everybody!

Pat-a-Pan is a Burgundian Christmas carol, first published in 1720. This performance is by the Harrisburg Baptist Church in the 2010 Northern Mississippi Christmas Festival, and they really go to town on it.

This carol was on the repertoire of the Franklin Junior High School Christmas program of 1962. I ought to know: our whole home room got drafted into the school choir, willy-nilly.

We are not able to travel to spend Christmas Day with my brother and sister. It’s dense fog this morning, with heavy rain forecast throughout the afternoon. The Garden State Parkway is daunting even in nice weather. In bad weather, the cars wind up scattered all over the place like Tinker Toys.


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