Category Archives: Daily Devotion

December 28, 2022

Christmas and Advent Hymns and their Story “Now Sing We, Now Rejoice” According to a legend, the angels sang this to a 14th century Dominican Friar and mystic Heinrich Seuse. He recorded this event to add to an auto-biography, and book he wanted to produce [hhhmmm]. The strange thing, among many, is that some verses […]

December 27, 2022

Christmas and Advent Hymns and their Story “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” This beautiful, stirring, formula of praise first appeared in John and Charles Wesley’s “Hymns and Sacred Poems” [London, 1739], under the heading “Hymn for Christmas Day”. Originally it said, “Hark how all the welkin rings…”. The “welkin” refers to more than just the […]

December 26, 2022

Christmas and Advent Hymns and their Story“O Come, All Ye Faithful” It is difficult to imagine a hymn that is so universally loved, having a more varied development both in its text and tune. The hymn, most likely, was the work of Englishman John Francis Wade [1711-1786]. Most historians place Wade in London and that […]

December 25, 2022

Christmas and Advent Hymns and their Story “On Christmas Night all Christians Sing” The earliest of this carol is found in a 1684 book by Luke Wadding of Wexford, Ireland. It was written during a time, when, in Ireland there was a good deal of anger directed at the Christian Church – both Catholic and […]

December 24, 2022

Christmas and Advent Hymns and their Story “Joy to the World” As a young man, so the story goes, Isaac Watts [1674-1748] complained to his father about the way the Psalms were being sung at worship throughout England. The literal translations were torturing and uninspiring to him. His father challenged him to produce something better. […]

December 23, 2022

Christmas and Advent Hymns and their Story “Come, Your Hearts and Voices Raising” The author, Paul Gerhart [1607-1676] believed that “singing allows something to be seen” – how true. Through the rich imagery of this hymn, Christians will “come and see” – the first words of Gerhart’s 1st and 3rd original stanzas; for the Savior […]

December 22, 2022

Christmas and Advent Hymns and their Story “Gentle Mary Laid her Child” In 1919, The Christian Guardian, a Methodist Newspaper published in Toronto, Canada, sponsored a contest for a new Christmas carol. First prize went to Joseph S. Cook [1859-1933], who won 35 Canadien collars for this hymn, originally called “Gentle Mary Wrapped her Child.”Verse […]

December 21, 2022

Christmas and Advent Hymns and their Story “See the Amid the Winter’s Snow” The author of this hymn, Edward Caswall [1814-1878], an Anglican priest, wrote this hymn that was intended to be used as a hymn in Catholic Schools. Beginning with the romantic notion that Christmas is always associated with winter and snow, the author […]

December 20, 2022

Christmas and Advent Hymns and their Story “What Child is This” The author of this hymn is still debated to this day. Some claim William Chatterly Dix, and other researchers claim it as “author unknown”. This is a hymn, along with a few others, that can be used for Christmas and Epiphany, as it contains […]

December 19, 2022

Christmas and Advent Hymns and their Story “Angels we have Heard on High” The author of this wonderful hymn is, sadly, unknown. The earliest date for this carol is approximately 1842. It appeared in France as part of a ten stanza song with the refrain “Gloria in excelsis Deo.”Again, sadly, the English translator is also […]