Advent Calendar | Dec. 5

20 Days Until Christmas

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bibleSCRIPTURE

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!’” (Luke 2:13-14)
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ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

LYRICS

Sheet music from Carol 181, the Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New. Boston: Parish Choir, 1916

Sheet music from Carol 181, the Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New. Boston: Parish Choir, 1916

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

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ABOUT THE CAROL

A legend says that many years ago shepherds in the hills of southern France had a Christmas Eve custom of calling to one another, singing “Gloria in Excelsis Deo.” The tune that the shepherds used may have been from a late Medieval Latin chorale and are said to be the basis for the chorus of “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

Actually, the words of “Angels We Have Heard on High” are based on a traditional French carol known as “Les Anges dans nos campagnes” (translated “Angels in our countryside”) composed by an unknown author in Languedoc, France.

Its most common English version was translated in 1862 by James Chadwick, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, northeast England. The version we use today was first printed in a 1916 American carol collection, “Carols Old and Carols New.”

Many modern versions use a version of “Gloria,” an anonymous tune arranged by Edward Shippen Barnes.

The carol tells the story of Christ’s birth, when the angel choir told the good news to nearby shepherds. The chorus, “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” reflects the chorus of the angel choir.

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praying-hands-columnPRAYER

O God, may your voice speak in my heart with the same resounding joy of angels proclaiming the birth of Christ. Amen.
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One Comment

  1. Barb and Glen Herrington-Hall

    We are loving this year’s Advent Calendar. Thanks for putting this together and sharing it. It’s been a great way to start the day this season, as it was last year.

    Barb especially enjoyed Pentatonix’ “Angles We Have Heard…” I am hopeful we might come across “Good King Wenceslas” before Advent ends.

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