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.
Gee, no one entered this one in the carol contest! Maybe if I post it, the contest will heat up today. There’s always a slowdown after Christmas.
Without further ado: Gesu Bambino, sung by Luciano Pavarotti.
No one has requested this so far–because there are more great Christmas hymns than we have people to request them. But I wouldn’t want to let the season go by without it, so here it is–Gesu Bambino, sung by Luciano Pavarotti backed up by the Wandsworth Boys School Choir and the National Philharmonic Orchestra.
I don’t understand the language, but what does that matter? Pavarotti sings directly to the heart. It would move the heart of a statue. And the message of the hymn, the proclamation that Jesus Christ is born, is the heart’s best nourishment.
Not that I’m going to say “No!” if you come along tomorrow with a request for a Christmas hymn; but I won’t be asking for anymore requests until this year’s Christmas season. Meanwhile, I pray that the Lord Our God will grant this past Christmas extraordinary power, all throughout the year, to draw men’s hearts to Jesus Christ, our rightful king and only Savior, Amen.
So enjoy this curtain call for Gesu Bambino, by the unforgettable Luciano Pavarotti. I don’t know about you, but this hymn movies me to tears every time.
I wanted to wash the bad taste out of my mouth, left by the world’s nooze, and so I turned to this: Gesu Bambino, sung by the immortal Luciano Pavarotti–and now I can’t swallow so good, and there are tears in my eyes.
Tears of joy for the beauties of holiness, for the Christmas season, for the good news, the best news–Jesus Christ is born!
First published in 1917, this beautiful Italian Christmas carol, Gesu Bambino, needs no translation into English: just lean back and listen. We’ve got Luciano Pavarotti singing, with backup by the Vienna Boys Choir. Let the music draw you into Christmas.
P.S.–I’m all caught up on your Christmas music requests, everybody, so now I’d like to take some more. Don’t leave it all up to me and the same little handful of readers–everybody pitch in.
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.”