Just like one of us? Just a stranger on the bus, trying to make his way home? If God had a face, what would it look like?
The first Noel, the angel did say, Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay keeping their sheep, On a cold winter's night that was so deep. They looked up and saw a star Shining in the East, beyond them far; And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night. And by the light of that same star, Three wise men came from country far; To seek for a King was their intent, And to follow the star wherever it went.
Now, it is a given that honorable people may disagree about which piece of music is more suitable to reverence the birth of Christ. What I have in mind is a song that, if taken seriously, makes impossible what Christians celebrate at Christmas. While the song has the merits of prompting its hearers to reflect on Mary beholding her Divine Son, lines from the very first stanza actually bring Christmas to a screeching halt.
Veni Sancte Spiritus An exquisite and tender Pentecost hymn of the 12th century. Eram quasi Agnus Our Lord warns us about the conspiracy of the wicked against Him. Tradiderunt Me Christ laments His delivery into the hands of evildoers. Diviserunt Sibi Christ laments His abandoment at the hands of cruel men.
The Hymns and Carols. T he first hymns in honor of the Nativity were written in the fifth century, soon after Christmas was fully established as one of the great annual feasts. These Latin hymns were solemn, dwelling exclusively on the supernatural aspects of Christmas.
Cappeau felt it should be accompanied by music, so approached his friend Adolphe Charles Adams. During the Christmas truce of during World War I, the carol was sung simultaneously by English and German troops. Based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti, this carol was written sometime before in response to a magazine request for a Christmas poem.
This list of Christmas carols is organized by country, language or culture of origin. Originally, a " Christmas carol " referred to a piece of vocal music in carol form whose lyrics centre on the theme of Christmas or the Christmas season. Many traditional Christmas carols focus on the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesuswhile others celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas that range from 25 December to 5 January.
Aye and therefore be merry, set sorrow aside, Christ Jesus our Savior was born on this tide. Refrain But when they had entered the city so fair, A number of people so mighty was there, That Joseph and Mary, whose substance was small, Could find in the inn there no lodging at all. Refrain Then were they constrained in a stable to lie, Where horses and asses they used for to tie; Their lodging so simple they took it no scorn, But against the next morning our Savior was born. Refrain The King of all kings to this world being brought, Small store of fine linen to wrap Him was sought, But when she had swaddled her young Son so sweet, Within an ox manger she laid Him to sleep.
Chorus: He came from the glory He came from the glorious kingdom He came from the glory He came from the glorious kingdom. The angels sang a-when the baby was born The angels sang a-when the baby was born The angels sang a-when the baby was born and they said that His name was Jesus. The shepherds see where the baby was born The shepherds see where the baby was born The shepherds see where the baby was born And they said that His name was Jesus.
Hymns, whose origin dates back to ancient Greece, are a type of spiritual or religious song that is used to express praise and exalted forms of adulation in a church setting, typically during mass. While in antiquity they where performed to honor various gods as well as nature, they eventually found their way into Gregorian chorals and Christian liturgy. Hymns are not bound by any set rhythm, rime, or stanzas unlike other types of songs, and are closely related to odes.