What is Your Favorite Traditional/Common Christian Christmas Carol? Consider sharing what you like about your choice.

Hark the Herald Angels Sing
23% (3 votes)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
8% (1 vote)
Joy to the World
8% (1 vote)
What Child Is This?
8% (1 vote)
Silent Night
0% (0 votes)
The First Noel
8% (1 vote)
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
8% (1 vote)
O Come All Ye Faithful
8% (1 vote)
Away in a Manger
0% (0 votes)
O Little Town of Bethlehem
0% (0 votes)
Angels We Have Heard On High
0% (0 votes)
O Holy Night
8% (1 vote)
We Three Kings
0% (0 votes)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
8% (1 vote)
How Great Our Joy
0% (0 votes)
Other
15% (2 votes)
Total votes: 13
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Ed Vasicek's picture

We sometimes begin singing Christmas carols right after Thanksgiving.  My favorite is always, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."  I marvel at how Wesley packed SO MUCH doctrine into these verses, with imagery from all over Scripture.

 

I especially like, "Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth."  After coming to the Lord, I finally understood what "second birth" meant.

 

I once preached two sermons on this carol, two verses a week.  Meaningful.

"The Midrash Detective"

Rob Fall's picture

one before the 25th, O, Come All Ye Faithful.

and one for the period 26 December (Boxing Day) until 6 January (Twelfth Night\Night of the Three Kings)

We Three Kings of Orient Are

Hoping to shed more light than heat..

Charlie's picture

There are 2 songs that I have grown to love. The first is actually an ancient Greek hymn - Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. I enjoy its mystical, reverential tone and its eucharistic allusions.

The second is an old English Christmas carol standardized in the 20th century by Ralph Vaughn Williams - This is the Truth Sent from Above. I appreciate how it narrates the whole story of redemption, beginning with the creation of man and ending with a plea for the hearers to have faith.

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Cor meum tibi offero Domine prompte et sincere. ~ John Calvin

dcbii's picture

EditorModerator

Charlie wrote:

The first is actually an ancient Greek hymn - Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

I have grown to love this one too.  Interestingly, the first time I *recall* hearing it was as part of a Ron Hamilton Christmas cantata, but I now have several versions of it in my library.

Dave Barnhart

SDHaynie's picture

Of the ones listed I really like O Holy Night, but my absolute favorite is I wonder as I wander.

Lot of good doctrine put in a homespun, almost haunting way in that white spiritual.

Shawn Haynie

Rob Fall's picture

For my third: Angels We Have Heard On High.  When it's sung, it's about the only time you hear Latin as a part of a Baptist church service.

Hoping to shed more light than heat..

Ed Vasicek's picture

SDHaynie wrote:

Of the ones listed I really like O Holy Night, but my absolute favorite is I wonder as I wander.

Lot of good doctrine put in a homespun, almost haunting way in that white spiritual.

 

Real nice a capella. One of our gals is going to sing a spiritual medley, I Wonder As I Wander, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, and then Go Tell It on the Mountain (we'll join in on that one).

 

Thanks for some good sharing, everyone.

 

"The Midrash Detective"

Aaron Blumer's picture

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Love Hark. ... great theology in it, a pile of verses nobody sings anymore + the quirky title change. 

Original: Hark How All the Welkin Rings

Charlie's picture

I found a very nice video recording of the King's Singers performing selections from This is the Truth Sent From Above:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esetcEymOL4

 

I first heard some of my favorite Advent/Christmas music through a Lessons and Carols service at my church. I have found it to be a very uplifting service that I look forward to year after year.
 

My Blog: http://dearreaderblog.com

Cor meum tibi offero Domine prompte et sincere. ~ John Calvin

dcbii's picture

EditorModerator

Charlie wrote:

I found a very nice video recording of the King's Singers performing selections from This is the Truth Sent From Above:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esetcEymOL4


That was really good, except it cuts off at the end. I think I will need to get a copy of this. Looks like I can get it on iTunes. Thanks for the pointer.

Dave Barnhart

DavidO's picture

We did a Lessons and Carols two years ago at our church.  I think it was the best "Christmas cantata" thingy I've ever been to. 

 

Along with "Hark the Herald . . ." and "Let All Mortal Flesh . . .", I really like "See Amid the Winter's Snow".  I can't seem to make my links work right lately, but you can read and hear it here.  http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/e/seeamid.htm