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(Day 24) O Come All Ye Faithful

Good Christmas morning, friends! It's a day for celebration! My choice for this grand occasion is one for the Bride of Christ. O Come, All Ye Faithful is thought by many to date back to the early 1600s, written by the Portuguese king, John IV. It is a call to the Church to rejoice in… Continue reading (Day 24) O Come All Ye Faithful

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(Day 23) This is the Christ

This is the Christ is a song originally written by Martin Luther, and I've chosen a version by Sandra McCracken.  I stumbled onto this song while compiling my playlist, and fell in love with it. We've spent nearly a month reflecting on the birth of Jesus, and tomorrow is Christmas. Remember on Day 1 when… Continue reading (Day 23) This is the Christ

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(Day 22) Magnificat

The Magnificat refers to Mary's song of praise upon seeing her cousin, Elizabeth, and in response to her visit from the angel Gabriel and her conception of Jesus. There have been many written and sung throughout church history; this recent one was written by the Gettys and Stuart Townend. Boy, did Mary ever know what… Continue reading (Day 22) Magnificat

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(Day 21) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark the Herald Angels Sing is another Charles Wesley hymn, written in 1739. This song is really quite amazing - Wesley was a master of well-crafted lyrics. Perhaps for this advent series, I should have just quoted the full lyrics of this carol in one post and said, "This is Christmas; behold your Savior," and… Continue reading (Day 21) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

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(Day 20) Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence is an ancient song that was sung very early on in the church, perhaps as far back as the 3rd century. The first line of this song comes from the book of Habakkuk. In a mirrored pairing with yesterday's emphasis of Christ's simple humility in the incarnation, today we… Continue reading (Day 20) Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

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(Day 19) Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger comes from the late 19th century, and though it remains one of America's favorite carols, the fact of its authorship is murky and disputed. Christmas is a wonderful mix of holy and humble. A young unwed mother gave birth to the long-awaited Messiah. The angels appeared in bright and fearsome array… Continue reading (Day 19) Away in a Manger

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(Day 18) For Unto Us a Child is Born

George Frideric Handel wrote his grand oratorio, Messiah, in 1741. The entire piece offers a sweeping narrative of the redemptive story, from Old Testament prophecy to Christ's birth, death, resurrection, and ascension. At Christmas, we often only hear the snippet from part one, scene three, For Unto Us a Child is Born. I do love… Continue reading (Day 18) For Unto Us a Child is Born

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(Day 17) The Friendly Beasts

The Friendly Beasts is a quaint little carol from 12th century France. It has the sweet, repetitive tone of a children's storybook. We're not told in Scripture if any animals were present at Jesus' birth, so this is obviously a whimsical imagining of what might have happened. But we do know that animals (especially donkeys)… Continue reading (Day 17) The Friendly Beasts

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(Day 16) O Little Town of Bethlehem

O Little Town of Bethlehem was written by the American Phillips Brooks in 1868, and is still much loved today. We must consider the perfect timing of the birth of Jesus. During Roman occupation, a census was ordered. Of course Joseph and Mary would need to return to their ancestral home: the city of David.… Continue reading (Day 16) O Little Town of Bethlehem

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(Day 15) Go Tell it on the Mountain

Go Tell it on the Mountain is an African American Spiritual with a rich history, if you're inclined to google it. The good news of Christmas has no effect if we refuse to announce it. Jesus is a light in the darkness for us. He is God's image revealed. He is the fullness of grace… Continue reading (Day 15) Go Tell it on the Mountain