It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

Scripture verse: Genesis 26:4 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (1849) is a poem and Christmas carol written by Edmund Sears. Sears' lyrics are most commonly set to one of two melodies: Carol, composed by Richard Storrs Willis, or Noel, adapted from an English...

The First Noel

Scripture verse: Isaiah 7:14 The First Noel is of classical Cornish origin and was arranged, edited and given extra lyrics by Davies Gilbert. Today, it is usually performed in a four-part hymn arrangement that was written by John Stainer. The melody consists of one...

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Scripture verse: Luke 2:10-12 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing first appeared in 1739 written by Charles Wesley. The popular version is the result of alterations by various people, including George Whitefield, who changed the opening couplet. Felix Mendelssohn composed a...

Gabriel’s Message

Scripture verse: Luke 1:19 Gabriel's Message (Birjina gaztetto bat zegoen) is a Basque Christmas carol about the archangel Gabriel telling Mary that she would become the mother of the Son of God. It quotes the biblical account (Luke 1:23-38) and Mary's...

The Friendly Beasts

Scripture verse: Job 12:7 The Friendly Beasts, a Christmas carol about the gifts a donkey, cow, sheep, camel, and dove gave to Baby Jesus, originated in 12th-century France, set to the melody of the Latin song, Orientis Partibus. The current English words were written...

Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful

Scripture verse: Timothy 2:11-13 O Come, All Ye Faithful (Latin – Adeste Fideles) is a carol attributed to various authors, including John Francis Wade, with the earliest copies of the hymn all bearing his signature, John Reading, and King John IV of Portugal....

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