Well, here it is the first day of December, and with just a few blinks of the eyes and an occasional nod of the head, the holy day of Christmas will be here. Christmas! It definitely is my favorite holiday; its meaning so profound, its celebration so easy, its joy so encompassing. For Christmas is to celebrate the birthday of our Saviour, of Jesus. And in so doing, we gather ourselves in a special season of love with our families, with friends, and even with strangers. Perhaps we become more liberal, more caring, more open. We smile…and we sing.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
Music is one of the most powerful forces on earth, and certainly during this season we are inundated with beautifully executed exuberant and anointed music–both instrumental and vocal. Ranging from sanctuary choirs, to children’s groups, to both trained and amateur singers and instrumentalists, the Christmas season is popped with music. It’s wonderful! We walk the malls to the resonance of lilting music, our radios and CD players are tuned to incredible soaring sounds of Christmas.
I’m much a traditionalist, I suppose, and although there are many modern pieces I do like, some of my favorite Christmas music consists of carols I learned in my childhood. I’m bringing you one today…this first day of December.
And you? I’d like to know. Do you have favorite Christmas music? Modern? Traditional? Favorite singer or instrumentalist? I’d sure like to hear about it.
Is that not awesome? What a night long ago in Bethlehem…on that incredible angel-studded evening which was to change the world forever, God came to earth as a baby…and Mary laid Him in a manger…Mary, His mother…did she know?
O Holy Night
The words and lyrics of the old carol ‘O Holy Night’ were written by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure in 1847. Cappeau was a wine seller by trade but was asked by the parish priest to write a poem for Christmas. He obliged and wrote the beautiful words of the hymn. He then realised that it should have music to accompany the words and he approached his friend Adolphe Charles Adams(1803-1856). He agreed and the music for the poem was therefore composed by Adolphe Charles Adams. Adolphe had attended the Paris conservatoire and forged a brilliant career as a composer. It was translated into English by John Sullivan Dwight (1812-1893).