2/25 Christmas Songs 2017

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So let us move on to a more tradition Christmas tune. This is probably one of my favorite religious christmas songs. It is sung in many languages and actually fairly easy to learn in Latin.

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#2 – O Come All Ye Faithful! ( ironically I have this album–mostly because a couple songs on it were amazing. )

Anyways — according to wiki this song has a real story. Many composers have been attributed to this song- the most famous being the “musician King’ of Portugal John IV.  John Francis Wade wrote the hymn down in Latin as well. The song has several verses, sometimes too many to sing in church and in fact some verses are saved for different parts of the advent/christmas and even ephiphany season. So versitile really!

I think my favorite version of this song is from Charli brown’s Christmas Story.  Yep-you guessed it! It’s the final song that the whole gang sings at the end of Linus’ telling of “What Christmas is All About.” In case you haven’t figured–I’m a sucker for children choirs singing simple songs. Maybe it just adds that little amount of joy with youthful voices singing so clear.

So for your enjoyment, I give you from wikipedia the lyrics …Latin and English included:

LATIN:

Adeste fideles læti triumphantes,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
Natum videte
Regem angelorum:
Venite adoremus (3×)
Dominum.

Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine
Gestant puellæ viscera
Deum verum, genitum non factum.
Venite adoremus (3×)
Dominum.

Cantet nunc io, chorus angelorum;
Cantet nunc aula cælestium,
Gloria, gloria in excelsis Deo,
Venite adoremus (3×)
Dominum.

ENGLISH

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the King of Angels:
O come, let us adore Him, (3×)
Christ the Lord.

God of God, light of light,
Lo, he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God, begotten, not created:
O come, let us adore Him, (3×)
Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above!
Glory to God, glory in the highest:
O come, let us adore Him, (3×)
Christ the Lord.

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