Saturday, December 22, 2012

Musical Advent Calendar - Day 22

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.

The First Noel
Traditional English Carol (19th century)
Performed by the David Crowder Band (with original coda)
The first Noel, the angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields where they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep

Noel, noel, noel, noel
Born is the King of Israel

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far
And to the Earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night

Noel, noel, noel, noel
Born is the King of Israel

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made heaven and earth of naught
And with his blood mankind hath bought

Noel, noel, noel, noel
Born is the King of Israel


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