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January Week 1: Holy, Holy, Holy by Reginald Heber

~ Learn ~ Reginald Heber was an Anglican bishop in the late 18th - early 19th centuries. Even though the Church of England forbade the singing of hymns in church during Heber's lifetime, he composed and compiled many, and never gave up petitioning for permission to sing them. After developing a passion for missions, Heber… Continue reading January Week 1: Holy, Holy, Holy by Reginald Heber

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(Day 25) 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 attributed by many to John Francis Wade in the 1700's. It is a call to the Church to rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ. I love… Continue reading (Day 25) O Come All Ye Faithful

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(Day 24) 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 24) This is the Christ

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(Day 23) 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 23) Magnificat

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(Day 22) 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 22) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

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(Day 21) 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 21) Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

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(Day 20) 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. The long-awaited Messiah was born to a young unwed mother. The angels appeared in bright and fearsome array… Continue reading (Day 20) Away in a Manger

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(Day 19) 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 19) For Unto Us a Child is Born

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(Day 18) Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Of the Father's Love Begotten is based on an ancient Latin poem written by Aurelius Prudentius, from the 4th century. As is expected with a work that old, it has undergone many translations and melody pairings over the centuries, however it still maintains most if its original meaning and beauty. This song is really a… Continue reading (Day 18) Of the Father’s Love Begotten

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(Day 17) The Friendly Beasts

The Friendly Beasts is a quaint little carol from 12th century France. It has the sweetly rhythmic tone of a beloved 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… Continue reading (Day 17) The Friendly Beasts