The Christmas Story (XII). The Christmas Hymns

[Part 11 is here.]

[You can find the whole series here.]

Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

I’ve said something about the early hymns that Luke introduced in the nativity story and here for your enjoyment then, are some of the earliest Christmas Songs in various settings. That’s the end of our Christmas journey together. All of us at BCC wish you a Holy and a Merry Christmas, and, repeat the sounding joy.

Song of Simeon (Nunc dimittis), setting by Charles Villiers Stanford:

Song of Mary (Magnificat), setting by Charles Villiers Stanford:

Song of the Angels (Gloria in Excelsis Deo)

A Mormon version:

King’s Singers and the Tab

Song of Zacharias (Benedictus)
Benedictines chanting

I just like this one. Zoe Brown is something.

Baroque setting, Carlo Gesualdo

And why not?

Finally, Lukan liberties:


  1. Kevin Barney says:

    Thanks for a great series!

  2. I didn’t comment every time, but I read and enjoyed every one. Thanks for the whole series, including this finale.

  3. Thanks for reading guys.

  4. Thank you so much for this! It’s truly one of the more memorable pieces I’ve seen. We’ve saved them all and now we’re in the process of reading it as a family. Fantastic work.

  5. Thanks, HDP!

  6. Wow

  7. Lew Scannon says:

    Thanks. All very informative.

  8. I, too, have loved this series. Thanks for all the work you put into writing it! (And I’m now looking forward to feasting on the music for a while.)

  9. Thanks, Jason, Lew.

  10. Wow! What a gift. Thank you! I’m printing these posts and will pack copies with the Christmas decorations. Reading them in the weeks before Christmas will become part of our celebration of the Savior’s birth.

  11. I hope it’s useful, Tina.

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