It's Christmas Time
“Imagine the chill of the winter wind on a brisk, clear night …the warmth of a crackling fire and the company of family and friends as you delight in holiday cheer and glorious treasures from the kitchen! Ah, THIS IS CHRISTMAS!” Foreword from This Is Christmas, Holiday Favorites for the Christmas Choir.
The angels who sang at Bethlehem were the very first Christmas carolers. The hillside echoed the angels’ music announcing Christ’s birth, “Gloria in excelsis Deo, they sang. The shepherds, who heard the song, repeated it as they hurried to the manger. The early Christian church sang carols, and Christians down through the ages have echoed their joy.
"Carols were first sung in America in 1645 at the Huron Mission, and even the freezing cold could not dampen the ardor of those Christians celebrating Christmas. As time went on, more and more Christmas carols were written, until today there are hundreds of Christmas carols, some well-known and some lesser known." Creator Magazine, May/June 1995
For instance, from the Spanish province of Catalonia, our Anthem for this Sunday is, What Shall We Give? a carol with English text by David Warner, and arranged by Mack Wilberg.
In addition to this Sunday, we invite you to attend our Annual Christmas Concert Christmas At Coral Ridge, Sounds Of The Season, on Friday, December 14th at 7:30pm. Featuring the Concert Choir, Youth Choirs, Orchestra, Guest Artists, Live Nativity and Pre-Concert Dinner.
Before the invention of printing presses, Christmas carols became a way for ordinary people to remember the beauty and the truth of that first Christmas, a way to remember the Savior’s birth, and a way of passing down The Story from one generation to the next. Creator Magazine, May/June 1995
Please plan to join us in praise and worship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this Sunday December 9th at 11:00am.
Until Next Time….See you in the Choir Loft!
(This blog post was written by a contributor and the comments and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.)