December 25, 2019

A Christmas hymn that has become a family favorite of ours the past several years is "Christians, Awake!" written by John Byrom in 1749. It is a joyful hymn that speaks of Christ's birth, our need to adore him, as well as our hope in life and in our future because of h...

December 24, 2019

There are some of our hymns that take beautiful classical music melodies, or styles, and incorporate them into the hymn tune. One of those is the Christmas hymn, Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light, written in a Bach chorale style, harmonized by Bach.

It is a two st...

December 21, 2019

There are speculations as to the actual date of the birth of Christ. We celebrate it on December 25th, in the middle of our winter season. Christmas hymnody often uses the poetic expression of winter to set the scene of the birth of Christ. It is not so much the actual...

December 20, 2019

Christmas is almost upon us. When shopping for Christmas gifts, or ingredients for Christmas baking, Christians cannot help but be bombarded with the largely secularistic Christmas music that pervades our culture. Yet there is a wonderful tradition of Christmas hymnolo...

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