Friday, December 24, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Hymns: Day 12

     With today being Christmas Eve, it would also be the last day of this series.  For those of you that do not know, I grew up in the Episcopal Church.  Christmas was one of my most favorite church holidays because of the music that we would sing and play with the handbells.  When I think of Christmas music from church, I think of one composer.  John Rutter.  His music is so beautiful to listen to and, if you know the words, sing along with.  I do love the more modern music sung in church, but part of me will always love the traditional hymns of my upbringing.  John Rutter, this post is dedicated to you.


Verse 1: How do you capture the wind on the water? How do you count all the stars in the sky? How can you measure the love of a mother, or how can you write down a baby's first cry?

REFRAIN: Candlelight, angel light, firelight and starglow shine on his cradle till breaking of dawn. Gloria, Gloria in excelsis deo! Angels are singing; the Christ Child is born.

Verse 2. Shepherds and wisemen will kneel and adore him, Seraphim round him their vigil will keep; Nations proclaim him their Lord and their Savior, but Mary will hold him and sing him to sleep.


Verse 3. Find him at Bethlehem laid in a manger: Christ our Redeemer asleep in the hay. Godhead incarnate and hope of salvation: A child with his mother that first Christmas Day.


To hear it sung by the Cambridge Singers, click here.

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