Ave Maria

Scripture verse: Luke 1: 28-45 Ave Maria is from the Latin text Ave Maria, published in 1853 as Méditation sur le Premier Prélude de Piano de S. Bach. A melody by the French Romantic composer, Charles Gounod, was superimposed over the Prelude No. 1 in C...

Angels We Have Heard On High

Scripture verse: Luke 2:13-14 Angels We Have Heard on High is of French origin, but its writers are lost to history. The song commemorates the story of the birth of Jesus, in which shepherds outside Bethlehem encounter a heavenly host of angels singing praise for the...

The Huron Carol

Scripture verse: Matthew 28:19 The Huron Carol, also known as Twas in the Moon of Wintertime, is a Canada's oldest Christmas song, written in the native language of the Huron/Wendat people around 1642 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary at Sainte-Marie...

Joy To The World

Scripture verse: Psalm 98: 4-9 English hymn writer Isaac Watts, wrote Joy To The World. The song was intended to glorify Christ's triumphant return, rather than a song celebrating his birth. Lowell Mason adapted the song in 1839 from an older melody which may have...

Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem

Scripture verse: Micah 5:2 Phillips Brooks (1835–1893), an Episcopal priest, was inspired to write Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem after visiting the village of Bethlehem in 1865. He wrote the poem for his church and an organist, Lewis Redner, added the music. Nat...

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Scripture verse: Matthew 5:17-20 Although its true origin is shrouded in mystery due to various renditions, the song, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel in its current form is dated to 1710 or thereabouts.  A hymn of Advent, it is attached to the Magnificat at Vespers, for...
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