Advent Calendar | Dec. 4

21 Days Until Christmas

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bibleSCRIPTURE

“On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11)

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DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?

LYRICS

1. Said the night wind to the little lamb,
“Do you see what I see?
Way up in the sky, little lamb,
Do you see what I see?
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite,
With a tail as big as a kite.”

2. Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy,
“Do you hear what I hear?
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
Do you hear what I hear?
A song, a song high above the trees
With a voice as big as the the sea,
With a voice as big as the the sea.”

3. Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,
“Do you know what I know?
In your palace warm, mighty king,
Do you know what I know?
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold–
Let us bring him silver and gold,
Let us bring him silver and gold.”

4. Said the king to the people everywhere,
“Listen to what I say!
Pray for peace, people, everywhere,
Listen to what I say!
The Child, the Child sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light,
He will bring us goodness and light.”

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ABOUT THE CAROL

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” is an anti-war song written while the United States was on the brink of nuclear war.

President Kennedy addresses the nation on television about the Cuban Missile Crisis.

President Kennedy addresses the nation on television about the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The song was written by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne in October 1962. At that time, the United States was facing down the Soviet Union over medium-range nuclear missiles being shipped to Cuba. The Cuban Missile Crisis weighed heavily on the married songwriting team.

A single recorded by the Harry Simeone Chorale was released a few weeks later. The song’s plea for peace and “goodness and light” struck a chord with an anxious public and sold more than 250,000 copies. More than 100 versions of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” have been recorded, and Bing Crosby’s 1963 recording sold more than a million copies. Regney and Shayne once said that a 1963 version by Robert Goulet was their favorite because of his forceful ending of the song.

The French-born Regney was a classical composer who was drafted into the German army after Hitler’s troops overwhelmed France during World War II. While in the German army, he joined the French underground, collecting information and warning French resistance fighters of German plans. After the war, he became a composer, moved to Manhattan and married Shayne, another song composer. The two found success working in New York and Hollywood.

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praying-hands-columnPRAYER

God, lead us to a time of peace. Lead me to do what I can do to make peace in the world. Amen.
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