“Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”

“Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”

In 1739, Charles Wesley’s poem beginning “Hark! how all the welkin rings/Glory to the King of Kings” appeared in Hymns and Sacred Poems. Initially the words were paired with a slow, solemn tune. A co-worker changed the opening to “Hark! the...
“Silent Night”

“Silent Night”

Perhaps the most familiar CHRISTmas carol of all time was a collaboration between parish priest Joseph Mohr, who wrote the words, and one of his parishioners, a guitarist named Franz Gruber. It was sung on Christmas Eve of 1818 in the little German village of...
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

I don’t know about you, but this time of year I cannot get enough of the Christmas hymns. Do you mind if we spend the week enjoying some of the old familiar carols? For Monday: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” by John Mason Neale. O come, O come, Emmanuel...