By Request, ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’

Requested by Erlene–and I wish I’d posted it sooner, before getting involved with any nooze–It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, sung by St. Peter’s Choir.

Beautiful! Moves me to tears! Brings me to one of my earliest memories: I’m a little boy sitting on my Uncle Bernie’s lap while this hymn is playing somewhere in my Grammie’s house. I must’ve been all of three years old. I’ve loved this hymn since then.

By Request, ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’

Back to the Christmas Carol Contest–It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, and you can’t beat Burl Ives. Requested by Phoebe.

And I have to get off this accursed computer because it’s not working and it took me ten minutes to write these two lines.

By Request, ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’

I hope these carols move you as they move me: open up our hearts, and let the light of Jesus Christ shine in.

Back to our carol contest! Requested by Erlene, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Written in 1849 by Edmund Sears, performed here by Blackmore’s Night: vocals by Candice Night.

May God grant this Christmas extraordinary power to draw us to our Savior and our King.

‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’ (English Melody)

I didn’t know there was another melody that goes with the lyrics of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, so I got quite a surprise when I heard this–by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Lovely melody! Given its finished form by Arthur Sullivan, of Gilbert & Sullivan fame. The melody we’re used to in America is about 30 years older, published in 1850.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

By Request, ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’

One of my earliest memories: sitting on my Uncle Bernie’s lap while he reads to me out of a Christmas book; and this is playing in the background–It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. That’s a very nice thing to remember.

Requested by TheWhiteRabbit. Sung by the Mennonite Hour Singers. Background sets by God the Father.

By a Double Request, ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’

The nooze is already knocking at my door this morning, with all the vileness of the fallen world. But first we have this–praise God, first we have this, the Good News–It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, sung by St. Peter’s Choir. Independently and simultaneously requested by SlimJim and Erlene (how did they do that?)

A Christmas Memory

This, one of my very earliest memories, came rushing back to me this morning as I drove to the Woodbridge Mall.

I was a little tiny boy, cuddled up on the couch with my Uncle Bernie, in my Grammy’s living room, complete with Christmas tree, and with It Came Upon a Midnight Clear playing somewhere in the background, probably on the radio; and Bernie was reading to me from a book of Christmas stories. When he finished, he turned on the TV set and we watched A Christmas Carol–the old one, with Reginald Owen as Scrooge–on the tiny black-and-white screen. I was too young to understand the movie, although my uncle did help me to see it was a story about a bad man who changed, and became good. I do remember Scrooge in his nightshirt meeting the Ghost of Christmas Past.

And this memory brings tears to my eyes, because everything about it was just so good, so right: but my uncle and my Grammy, they’ve long since passed on and their house is a place I can’t go to anymore, long for it as I may. And to this day I love A Christmas Carol, and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. I even remember some of the pictures in the book, of angels singing.

So much beauty, so much blessing. God knew what He was doing when he gave us Christmas.

(Video sung by St. Peter’s Choir)

By Request, ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’

If I haven’t fumbled this, as I so often do, it’s now Thursday morning and I’ve gone out Christmas-shopping while you’re hearing this lovely rendition by Josh Groban of a Christmas standby, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Thank you, Erlene, for requesting it.

By Request, ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’

I flubbed a hymn request by “thewhiterabbit,” so much for perfection–well, here’s the one you wanted, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. I opted for Bing Crosby’s performance–beautiful. But all of Christmas is beautiful.

‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’ (Josh Groban)

I had a hard time deciding which rendition of this hymn to post. Let’s try this one: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, sung by Josh Groban.

I love this hymn. One of my earliest memories is of sitting on my Uncle Bernie’s lap while he read these words to me out of a book of Christmas carols. I do miss him. But our God is an awesome God, who has promised the restoration of all things. That process began with the birth of Jesus Christ… upon a midnight clear.

P.S.–If there’s a version of this or any other hymn that you’d like posted here, well, shout it out. Don’t be bashful!