By Request, ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’

One of the most gorgeous pieces of music I know, sometimes I post it when it’s nowhere near Christmas: requested by Joshua, sung by the Libera boys’ choir, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, by Camille Saint-Saens. You don’t mind that the lyrics are in Latin, do you?

By Request, ‘Joy to the World’

Requested by Phoebe, Joy to the World, sung by the Libera boys’ choir. Words by Isaac Watts: published in 1719.

You might want to turn up the volume on this one.

‘Gloria,’ One More Time

I usually save this hymn for Christmas-time, but something made me want it for today. Gloria in Excelsis Deo, “Glory to God in the highest,” sung by the boys’ choir, Libera: music by Saint-Saens. The words are in Latin, but if you listen, you can probably understand more than you might have expected.

Libera: ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’

No one has requested a hymn today, so I’ll dip into my own internal hymnal and fish out a favorite: Gloria in Excelsis Deo (“Glory to God in the Highest”), sung by the Libera boys’ choir. I like this video because it displays the Latin lyrics–which, if you put your mind to it, you’ll probably be able to understand.

‘Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee’

The sun is out this morning. It’s been wet and grey so long, we hardly know what to think when we see sunshine. All in all, a perfect opportunity to praise and thank Him who made the sun and hung it in the heavens.

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee: music by Beethoven, sung by the Libera Boys Choir at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Encore, ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’

They’ve still got the creche up, across the street at St. Francis’, so why not? Gloria in Excelsis Deo, composed by Saint-Saens, sung by the Libera Boys Choir–yeah, let’s turn it up. Let’s revel in it. “Glory to the most high God!”

Do you find you can understand the Latin lyrics when they’re displayed along with the music? I find it so. And I never studied Latin.

‘Away in a Manger’ (Libera)

Away in a Manger is one of my very favorite Christmas hymns, and I’m sure I’ll post it more than just this once.

Choices, choices! The Libera boys’ choir… or John Denver… or Nat King Cole? The British melody, or the American? Hard to choose when you love them all.

Hello, out there! Whoever you are, we’re taking Christmas hymn requests and we’d like to get yours.