One More Time: ‘Gesu Bambino’ (With a Christmas Prayer)

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.

‘Gesu Bambino’ (Pavarotti)

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.

By Request, ‘O Holy Night’

This entry into our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest is from Phoebe–O Holy Night. And we have Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti to sing it for you (Vienna, 1999).

By Request, ‘Adeste Fideles’ (Pavarotti)

Phoebe asked for Adeste Fideles, so I have given her Pavarotti at Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal.

Our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest is off to a good start–I hope many of you enter. If you’ve never made a hymn request before, now’s as good a time as any to start.

By Special Request, ‘It Is Well with My Soul’ (3 Tenors)

Susan has been a bit under the weather this week, so I hope that hearing this hymn that she requested will be a comfort to her–It Is Well with My Soul, sung by the Three Tenors: Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and Jose Carreras. Wow! And I do mean sung!

By Request, ‘Adeste Fideles’ (Pavarotti)

Requested by TheWhiteRabbit–Luciano Pavarotti singing Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful), at Notre Dame Cathedral, Montreal. This video was made in 1978–wow, has it really been 41 years? But the hymn, the day, and the power of the Holy Spirit are ageless.

Pavarotti: ‘Gesu Bambino’

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.

‘Gesu Bambino’ (Pavarotti)

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.

By Request, ‘O, Holy Night’

 

By now I’ve listened to and posted four Christmas hymn requests this morning, and my heart is stirred. I can’t listen to Pavarotti sing Christmas without my eyes filling up. It’s OK; it’s a tribute paid to the Lord.

Requested by “SlimJim”–I hope you don’t mind that he sings this French carol in the original French: besides which, he was in Montreal at the time.

By Request, ‘O Holy Night’

Erlene has requested O Holy Night, and I’m sure she won’t be the last to do so, between now and Christmas. I opted for this performance by Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, two guys who knew a bit about singing. I’m not ashamed to tell you Pavarotti moved me to tears.