By Request, ‘Masters in This Hall’

Phoebe has nominated Masters in This Hall for our Christmas Carol Contest, and I probably should’ve held it over till tomorrow but–well, I didn’t want to wait. We don’t get to hear this one very often.

Sung by the Robert Shaw Chorale.

By Request, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’

Our Christmas Carol Contest continues with The Holly and the Ivy by the Robert Shaw Chorale, requested by Phoebe.

Hello! If you haven’t entered yet, the contest is open to all, enter as many times as you like–and let’s just blow the cold and dark away with Christmas cheer! What could be better news than this? Jesus Christ our Messiah is come in the flesh!

By Request, ‘We Three Kings’

Phoebe asked for this one–We Three Kings, by the Robert Shaw Chorale. She’s feeling a bit sick today: we pray for each other.

Remember, this is the last day of the Christmas Carol Contest. Let’s light up the scoreboard!

By Request, ‘Christ Was Born on Christmas Day’

Requested by Phoebe, starting us off on Christmas Eve–the Robert Shaw Chorale, singing Christ Was Born on Christmas Day (am I starting to sound like Ed Sullivan?).

Oy, have I got work to do today! But there’ll be Christmas music playing the whole time I’m doing it.


By Request, ‘How Unto Bethlehem (This Pilgrimage of Kings)’

Here’s another one I never heard before, another hymn for our Christmas Carol Contest: requested by Phoebe, How Unto Bethlehem (This Pilgrimage of Kings), by the Robert Shaw Chorale.

Remember–anyone can play, and you can play as often as you like.

‘Rise Up, O Men of God’

Here’s a hymn to get you cranked over this morning–Rise Up, O Men of God, by the Robert Shaw Chorale.

In Sunday school some of us used to sing, “Wise up, O men of God!” We were just dumb kids, but there might’ve been some wisdom in our choice of words.

By Request, ‘Masters in This Hall’

I had only heard this carol once, years ago, but I never forgot it. Thank you, Phoebe, for entering it in our carol contest–Masters in This Hall, sung by the Robert Shaw Chorale. (I seem to have missed the one with the CC button for lyrics, but this one is too nice to get rid of.)

‘We Three Kings’

Ach! No entries yet today in our Christmas Carol Contest. I must provide a carol.

So here’s one to get the ball rolling: We Three Kings of Orient Are, sung by the Robert Shaw Chorale.

If you haven’t entered yet, now is as good a time as any. The contest closes Dec. 31.

By Request, ‘What Child Is This?’

[Editor’s note: While Joe Collidge was worried about hairballs, three more carol contest entries came in. I don’t usually put up this many posts in one day, but a contest is a contest–so here come the carols.]

Requested by Phoebe, What Child Is This?–and I know you love the Robert Shaw Chorale, so I was happy to find this video for you.

By Request, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’

Thank you, Phoebe, for entering this beautiful hymn into our Christmas carol contest–The Holly and the Ivy, by the Robert Shaw Chorale. I don’t know about anybody else, but I’ve loved Christmas all my life and the older I get, the more it stirs my soul.