We usually save this hymn for Christmas-time, but it’s just as sweet and moving in September–What Child Is This? We are not told who’s singing it: very nice, whoever you are.
We’re halfway down the list of Your Favorite Hymns, so don’t be bashful about adding to it.
Requested by Joshua (I have to hustle, to post it before he goes to bed–oh, those pesky time zones!), this ancient and beautiful hymn, What Child Is This? Sung by Fernando Ortega. Oh, fap, my eyes are tearing up again!
Requested by TheWhiteRabbit: What Child Is This?, performed by Anthony Way (I couldn’t resist the stained glass). The lyrics are from 1865, but the melody, “Greensleeves,” is much older than that. It can be found in songbooks printed in the 1500s.
Before I write up any more inane and unedifying nooze, let’s have this, requested by Joshua–What Child Is This, sung by Andrea Bocelli with Mary J. Blige.
Keep those carols coming, everybody! It’s our answer to the fallen world.
The fallen world’s in trouble, headed straight to Hell, needs saving–
So God sent His Son. Not as a conqueror, but as a baby for whom there was no room at the inn. As an adult, He was a penniless wanderer. He was put to death in a shameful manner usually reserved for the worst criminals, although He had committed no crime.
By this His Son God saved the world.
What Child Is This?, sung by the Robert Shaw Chorale.
Wow! Just what I needed to stir up my heart, and loosen up the ol’ tear ducts–
Requested by Joshua, sung by Josh Groban, What Child Is This?
One of my very earliest memories is of a picture, showing the stable at a distance, and the Baby lying in the manger: and you were just close enough to see the smile on the Baby Jesus’ face. How I loved that! And I am sure I couldn’t have been more than four years old, and very likely yes. How I loved that baby!
Good instincts, I guess.
Now… do I really want to cover any nooze this morning?
Embarrassment of riches! I’ll never get all the Christmas songs posted that I’d like to post. Oh, well–I’ll just do as many as I can.
So I hope you enjoy this one: What Child Is This?, sung by John Denver. And I’m still taking requests…
Getting back to the main business at hand–never mind that other news, this is the real news, the good news: Christ is come in the flesh.
This version of What Child Is This?, by Chris Tomlin, sweet and reverential, also includes guitar chord diagrams, so if you want to strum along, and have a guitar handy, you’re in business.
And please do feel free to request any Christmas hymn you want to hear!
Contrary to legend, Henry VIII had nothing to do with composing this melody, which was first published in England as “Greensleeves” in 1580. Since then, Christmas lyrics have been written to celebrate the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God
This one is a very nice instrumental version.