Advent has concluded and we are now into Christmastide. Be sure to follow me on Twitter over the next ten days as I will post a thought there for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Salvation is Created Setting of a Russian text by Pavel Chesnokov (1912) Performed by the Dale Warland Singers "Salvation is created in the midst of the earth, O God. Alleluia."
Wednesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) O Magnum Mysterium Text from the Matins for Christmas Music by Morton Lauridsen (1998) Performed by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge O magnum mysterium Et admirabile sacrementum Ut animalia viderent Dominum natum Jacentem in praesepio Beata Virgo cujus viscera Meruerunt portare Dominum Christum Alleluia
Translation O great mystery And wonderful sacrament That animals should see the newborn Lord Lying in a manger Blessed is the Virgin whose womb Was worthy to bear Christ the Lord Allelulia
Tuesday, December 23 My apologies for those of you who already saw the originally scheduled post for today that contained a YouTube video removed since I scheduled the post last month. O Holy Night Text by John S. Dwight (nineteenth century) Music by Adolphe C. Adam (nineteenth century) Performed by Carrie Underwood
Sunday, December 21 (The Fourth Sunday of Advent) Of the Father's Love Begotten Text by Marcus Aurelius C. Prudentius (fourth century), translated by John M. Neale (1854) and Henry W. Baker (1859) Music is thirteenth century plainsong, arranged by C. Winfred Douglas (1916) Performed by the Sons of Orpheus "O ye heights of heaven, adore him."
Saturday, December 20 Good Christian Men, Rejoice Text (Latin) by Heinrich Suso, translated to English by John M. Neale (1853) Music is a fourteenth century German melody Performed by the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir "He has opened the heavenly door"
Thursday, December 18 For Unto Us A Child Is Born Text from Isaiah 9:6 Music by G. F. Handel (1741) Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus "And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor"
Monday, December 15 The First Noel Text and Music attributed to William Sandys and David Gilbert (1823 or 1833) This setting by R. Christopher Teichler "Then let us all with one accord sing praises to our heavenly Lord."
Sunday, December 14 (The Third Sunday of Advent) Joy Has Dawned Words and Music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend (2004) Performed by Keith and Kristyn Getty "God's salvation now unfurled, hope for every nation."
Saturday, December 13 O Come, All Ye Faithful Text by John F. Wade (Latin, 1743), translated into English by Frederick Oakley and William T. Brooke Music is the hymn tune ADESTE FIDELIS Performed by Celine Dion "Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing"
Thursday, December 11 Once in Royal David's City Text by Cecil F. Alexander (1848) Music is the hymn tune IRBY by Henry J. Gauntlett (1849) Performed by the Westminster Cathedral Choir "And our eyes at last shall see him through his own redeeming love."
Tuesday, December 9 Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming English translation of German text by Theodore Baker (1894)Music by Michael Praetorius (1609) Performed by Renee Fleming and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
"True man, yet very God, from sin and death now save us."
Sunday, December 7 (The Second Sunday of Advent) Jesus Christ the Apple Tree Text from the eighteenth century (author unknown) Music by Elizabeth Poston Performed by the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge
"The trees of nature fruitless be compared with Christ the apple tree."
Monday, December 1 O Come, O Come Emmanuel Text is a twelfth century Latin hymn, translated into English by John Neale (1851) Music is the fifteenth century hymn tune VENI VENI EMANUEL Performed by Barlow Girl
"Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel."