Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Musical Advent Calendar - Day 19

Each day, from December 1 to December 25, I will post the text (and translation, if necessary) of an Advent- or Christmas-themed song, along with the URL for a YouTube video containing that song. (Select "Musical Advent Calendar" from the list of labels in the right sidebar to sort all of them out from the other posts on the blog.) You will note that each selection has a text, collectively representing the last 2000 years, and this is intentional. For the more familiar texts (such as popular Christmas carols), I have chosen a variety of interpretations and performers, from professional choirs to contemporary Christian worship leaders. I suggest that you follow the text as the music plays, and reflect on the words that proclaim the First Advent of our Savior, the Lord Jesus.

May our King, who promises to come again, reveal himself to you in a new way this Advent.

Angels We Have Heard on High

Traditional French Carol
Performed by Chris Tomlin

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains.
And the mountains in reply
Echo back their joyous strains.
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria in excelsis Deo

Shepherds why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
Say what may the tiding be
Which inspire your heavenly song.

Come to Bethelehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing.
Come adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord, the newborn King!

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