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While so many locales have tossed aside Christmas as if once the day arrives it is no longer ‘here’, I am still in the midst of celebrating the Christmas season. One of my favorite things about Christmas is the music. All the wonderful carols sung in church or at home bring a smile to my face. This year I was blessed to play some of them at Masses this past weekend (Christmas Eve and Holy Family.) Plus, we finally have a piano in the house after 3 years without one. So, I can sit down, play and soak in the music. I just haven’t gotten to where the boys will sing along with my playing on a regular basis. That’s a dream I have…the family gathered together singing carols about Christ’s birth.
I thought I would share some family favorites today as I listen to another Christmas CD from our collection.
P will tell anyone who asks that Angels We Have Heard on High is his favorite. Maybe he likes the wandering notes for the Gloria. I know that I love the refrain when sung with all the harmonies.
I adore singing O Come All Ye Faithful at the start of Mass on Christmas Day (or Eve as was the case this year.) I was glad that the children’s choir practiced and sung the latin verse as well as the English ones in our hymnal.
There are a few contemporary liturgical pieces I enjoy, too. The choir did Night of Silence which merges with Silent Night as well as Child of the Poor with What Child is This? intertwined. I actually had a young man come up to ask about the later as he could tell I didn’t have to change the accompaniment when they migrated to What Child is This? Here’s moving version I found on You Tube of Child of the Poor:
From the Gather Comprehensive hymnal, I gravitate towards Child of Mercy and Nativity Carol. Actually, I love almost all the music written by Francis Patrick O’Brien (author of Nativity Carol.) GIA operates Hymnnet, where you can listen to the music and view a sample of it before purchasing. Here’s the page where Child of Mercy is found and the page for Nativity Carol. Just scroll down to find them.
What are YOUR favorite Christmas hymns or songs?