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‘Personent Hodie’ (Old, Old Christmas Carol)

I didn’t know what this was going to be, but then I heard the first few bars and realized that we have this carol in English as On This Day Earth Shall Win. The creche is still up, across the street, and I’m still posting Christmas music.

Personent Hodie was published in Finland in 1582, but the melody is found in a German hymnal from 1360. Joan of Arc, Henry V, Richard II haven’t been born yet. But Jesus Christ has.

Performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.


‘While Shepherds Watched’

Following a suggestion by our esteemed colleague, “thewhiterabbit,” [you wouldn’t believe the typo I just corrected: “thewhiterabbi”] I’m going to keep posting Christmas music until the 12 days of Christmas are fulfilled. So keep those Christmas hymn requests coming!

While Shepherd Watched came out in 1703, while good Queen Anne was on the throne of England. Lyrics by Nahum Tate, melody by Handel. And if you’d like to know what it sounded like back then, I can’t do better than assign that job to Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.


Prayer Request: For Christmas 2017

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. (Isaiah 60:1-3)

Father in Heaven, this day we proclaim that Light has entered the world, Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. Bless this Christmas Day of 2017 and give it extraordinary power, all throughout the coming year, to draw our hearts to Jesus Christ, our only Savior and our King, the Son of God. You see how we need Him! Bring forth that day, O Lord our God, when every knee shall bow to Jesus Christ, and every tongue confess Him lord: in Jesus’ name, amen.

(Hymn: Light of the World by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band)


Bonus: ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’

It’s ten days to Christmas, I look out the window and it’s snowing like mad, and let’s just drop the nooze for a while and get back to the Good News–Jesus Christ is born! The Word of God has come in the flesh.

We don’t often get to hear all the verses of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, but here they are, courtesy of Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

The invitation is still open to any reader to request a Christmas hymn: can’t have too many of those. Request as many as you want, there’s no limit.


Beautiful! ‘The Sussex Carol’

Here’s another one that stirs my soul: The Sussex Carol, performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. I love you, O Lord! And I love the Christmas season.

Father in Heaven, we are indeed as sheep that have gone far astray: but you have sent us the Shepherd, the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep–

–And takes it up again!


‘Light of the World’

I hope you don’t mind my posting this again–Light of the World by Charles Wesley, sung by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. If there’s another hymn you’d like to see today, just tell me and I’ll post it. But this somehow puts me in the arms of Jesus Christ my savior, and that is a good place to be.


One More Time, ‘To Be a Pilgrim’

Please pardon me, if you will, for again resorting to this hymn–Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band’s knock-down, drag-out rendition of John Bunyan’s To Be a Pilgrim. The pilgrim’s path is hard and steep, and we need encouragement when we can get it. I hope this rousing hymn reaches you as it reaches me.


Jesus Christ, ‘Light of the World’

I hope nobody minds my posting this hymn again–Light of the World by Charles Wesley, sung here by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

And the whole multitude sought to touch him, for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all. (Luke 6:19)

He healed them all. Our Lord Jesus Christ healed them all.


‘Soldiers of Christ, Arise’

I found this hymn by Charles Wesley posted on the Ezekiel Countdown blog yesterday (highly recommended: http://ezekielcountdown.com), and wished to use it here. This rendition is by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, in 18th century style.

Christ’s soldiers had better arise. We’ve got our work cut out for us.


‘Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown’

Here’s a Charles Wesley hymn I haven’t heard before: Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown, performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

For newcomers to this blog, we like to start each blogging day with a hymn, and we take requests. So if you have a favorite hymn or worship song you’d like to see posted here, just let us know.


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