Another Year For Him

As The year draws to a close. I think back with thankfulness of all the ways the good Lord has blessed my life; through the thoughtful council of friends, the unexpected opportunities to learn new things, the meeting of new friends, the opportunities to bless others and see the power of God overflow out of my life into theirs.
Truly it has been a blessed year; another year of serving Christ.
  Below I will list some of the things I did and learned this year:
1. God answers the prayers of those who believe on Him.(you laugh, and I know I should have known this already but this was the first year I really trusted in His power. And consequently saw amazing results!)
2. Made my bed ever morning. (I know, even worse! ;) )
3. Learned to skate.
4. Learned to ride a bicycle.
5. Learned to ride a horse.
6. Learned to swim. (Yes, I really am seventeen!)
7. Did the above three in a skirt, modestly, something my sisters dared  I couldn't do!
8. Learned over Twenty new hymns. (don't ask me to list them all!)
9. Wrote my first song, lyrics and tune! (Don't ask to hear it!)
10. Started publishing video's on you-tube.

I did a lot of other things too. But these are the things that I can remember. Can I be anything but thankful when I think of all these blessings? Besides all of the wonderful things we do all the time and take for granted. So I have posted this lovely song in honor of the passing year may we think on it before we think on all the things we didn't get done or the sins we still struggle with or the bad things which happened to us; and give thanks!
              

And for an old folk song traditionally sung on New years day; Auld Lang Syne!
     
   
And Last, but not least, to remember the year ahead of us; Another year is dawning. (Unfortunately this was the best video I could get.)
    

May We All Live This Next Year For Christ!

On The Twelfth day of Christmas, My True Love Gave To Me......

....Vivaldi's Gloria.
 Finally on the last day, a grand finale as it were, I want to share this beautiful classical Christmas piece with you. When I say Classical Christmas music, most, I believe, think of Handel's Messiah.
 But everyone knows about Messiah; not so this one. I didn't even know until a few weeks ago that my mother had actually played violin and sung tenor in this piece when her high school performed the entire piece. That was exciting to learn.
 This is sung entirely by women; even those low parts which sound like they are sung by men!
There are twelve parts, all sung in Latin. I have posted them below with their English Translations.
 I know this is a long piece but please do make some time to listen to this before Christmas, you will not be dissapointed. It is absolutely magnificant! There will be a pause between each movement so you will be able to tell the breaks. Notice the words: Starting with the angel's praise to God when they visited the Shepards, it goes through quoting passages of Scripture about Christ.
                Have a God Honoring Christmas whether you celebrate it or not!
 And may "god bless us, every one!"
                                          


  • Gloria in excelsis Deo / Glory to God in the Highest

  • Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis / And peace on earth to men of good will

  • Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te, / We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we adore Thee, we glorify Thee

  • Gratias agimus tibi  / We thank Thee

  • Propter magnam gloriam  / Because of Thy great glory

  • Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens / Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty

  • Domine, Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe / Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ

  • Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris  / Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father

  • Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram  / Who takes away the sins of the world, receive our prayer

  • Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, misere nobis/ Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us

  • Quoniam tu solus sanctus, tu solus Dominus, to solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe / For Thou only art holy, Thou only art the Lord, Thou only art the most high, Jesus Christ

  • Cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris, Amen / With the Holy Ghost, in the glory of God the Father, Amen.

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      Gloria in excelsis Deo / Glory to God in the Highest

      Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis / And peace on earth to men of good will

      Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te, / We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we adore Thee, we glorify Thee

      Gratias agimus tibi  / We thank Thee

      Propter magnam gloriam  / Because of Thy great glory

      Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens / Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty

      Domine, Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe / Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ

      Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris  / Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father

      Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram  / Who takes away the sins of the world, receive our prayer

    10·  Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, misere nobis/ Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us

    11·  Quoniam tu solus sanctus, tu solus Dominus, to solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe / For Thou only art holy, Thou only art the Lord, Thou only art the most high, Jesus Christ

    12·  Cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris, Amen / With the Holy Ghost, in the glory of God the Father, Amen.

          

  • Gloria in excelsis Deo / Glory to God in the Highest

  • Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis / And peace on earth to men of good will

  • Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te, / We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we adore Thee, we glorify Thee

  • Gratias agimus tibi  / We thank Thee

  • Propter magnam gloriam  / Because of Thy great glory

  • Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens / Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty

  • Domine, Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe / Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ

  • Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris  / Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father

  • Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram  / Who takes away the sins of the world, receive our prayer

  • Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, misere nobis/ Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us

  • Quoniam tu solus sanctus, tu solus Dominus, to solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe / For Thou only art holy, Thou only art the Lord, Thou only art the most high, Jesus Christ

  • Cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris, Amen / With the Holy Ghost, in the glory of God the Father, Amen.

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  • Gloria in excelsis Deo / Glory to God in the Highest

  • Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis / And peace on earth to men of good will

  • Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te, / We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we adore Thee, we glorify Thee

  • Gratias agimus tibi  / We thank Thee

  • Propter magnam gloriam  / Because of Thy great glory

  • Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens / Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty

  • Domine, Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe / Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ

  • Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris  / Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father

  • Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram  / Who takes away the sins of the world, receive our prayer

  • Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, misere nobis/ Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us

  • Quoniam tu solus sanctus, tu solus Dominus, to solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe / For Thou only art holy, Thou only art the Lord, Thou only art the most high, Jesus Christ

  • Cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris, Amen / With the Holy Ghost, in the glory of God the Father, Amen.

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  • Gloria in excelsis Deo / Glory to God in the Highest

  • Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis / And peace on earth to men of good will

  • Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te, / We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we adore Thee, we glorify Thee

  • Gratias agimus tibi  / We thank Thee

  • Propter magnam gloriam  / Because of Thy great glory

  • Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens / Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty

  • Domine, Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe / Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ

  • Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris  / Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father

  • Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram  / Who takes away the sins of the world, receive our prayer

  • Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, misere nobis/ Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us

  • Quoniam tu solus sanctus, tu solus Dominus, to solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe / For Thou only art holy, Thou only art the Lord, Thou only art the most high, Jesus Christ

  • Cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris, Amen / With the Holy Ghost, in the glory of God the Father, Amen.

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  • Gloria in excelsis Deo / Glory to God in the Highest

  • Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis / And peace on earth to men of good will

  • Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te, / We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we adore Thee, we glorify Thee

  • Gratias agimus tibi  / We thank Thee

  • Propter magnam gloriam  / Because of Thy great glory

  • Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens / Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty

  • Domine, Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe / Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ

  • Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris  / Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father

  • Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram  / Who takes away the sins of the world, receive our prayer

  • Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, misere nobis/ Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us

  • Quoniam tu solus sanctus, tu solus Dominus, to solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe / For Thou only art holy, Thou only art the Lord, Thou only art the most high, Jesus Christ

  • Cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris, Amen / With the Holy Ghost, in the glory of God the Father, Amen.

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  • Gloria in excelsis Deo / Glory to God in the Highest

  • Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis / And peace on earth to men of good will

  • Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te, / We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we adore Thee, we glorify Thee

  • Gratias agimus tibi  / We thank Thee

  • Propter magnam gloriam  / Because of Thy great glory

  • Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens / Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty

  • Domine, Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe / Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ

  • Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris  / Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father

  • Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram  / Who takes away the sins of the world, receive our prayer

  • Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, misere nobis/ Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us

  • Quoniam tu solus sanctus, tu solus Dominus, to solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe / For Thou only art holy, Thou only art the Lord, Thou only art the most high, Jesus Christ

  • Cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris, Amen / With the Holy Ghost, in the glory of God the Father, Amen.

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  • Gloria in excelsis Deo / Glory to God in the Highest

  • Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis / And peace on earth to men of good will

  • Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te, / We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we adore Thee, we glorify Thee

  • Gratias agimus tibi  / We thank Thee

  • Propter magnam gloriam  / Because of Thy great glory

  • Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens / Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty

  • Domine, Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe / Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ

  • Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris  / Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father

  • Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram  / Who takes away the sins of the world, receive our prayer

  • Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, misere nobis/ Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us

  • Quoniam tu solus sanctus, tu solus Dominus, to solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe / For Thou only art holy, Thou only art the Lord, Thou only art the most high, Jesus Christ

  • Cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris, Amen / With the Holy Ghost, in the glory of God the Father, Amen.

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    On The Eleventh day of Christmas, My true Love Gave to Me.....

    .....The Coventry Carol.
    Unlike most Christmas carols, this is a mournful one. It speaks of the sorrows of the Christmas season. When Herod, fearing the birth of another king, sent and slaughtered all the male children in Bethlehem. Now perhaps if Herod had known a little more about this king, he may have known that it would do absolutely no good as we know now. Nevertheless. It did fulfill a prophesy from Isaiah, "A voice was heard in Rahmah, of weeping and great lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be comforted because they were no more."
      When we think of Christ coming to earth let us also remember what He came to earth to do. To become sin! To take on all the guilt of sin as heinous as Herod's horrifying massacre. Let us remember that no sin is too great that God's grace cannot cover it. Let us remember that though Herod would generally be considered more wicked than you or I for the executing of those innocent lives, apart from the Grace of Christ and His redemption of Mankind, ALL of us would be just as bad and perhaps commit crimes much more horrific.
    Finally as we hear this song, let us pray for those who even now are killing millions of innocent lives behind a curtain of lies and thank God for coming to earth to save just such people.
        Enjoy this moving fifteenth century song; sorrowful yet beautiful.
                                            
    Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
    Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
    Lullay, thou little tiny Child,
    Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
    O sisters too, how may we do,
    For to preserve this day
    This poor youngling for whom we do sing
    Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
    Herod, the king, in his raging,
    Charged he hath this day
    His men of might, in his own sight,
    All young children to slay.
    That woe is me, poor Child for Thee!
    And ever mourn and sigh,
    For thy parting neither say nor sing,
    Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

    On The Tenth Day Of Christmas, My True Love Gave To Me.....

    .......Good Christian Men Rejoice/In Dulci Jubilo.
    The words to this song were written in the 1850's but the melody dates back to the fourteenth century! It is said to have made even the most pious of men dance for joy when they heard it sung; but that is simply legend.
      The tune was first set to a Latin poem called  "In Dulci Jubilo" (In Sweet Rejoicing) but is now more commonly known in America as the song, "Good Christian Men Rejoice".  Written by John M. Neale.
      Enjoy the song, This video was the best I could get that didn't have an advertisement before but had both songs!  Have a wonderful Lord's day.
                        
    Good Christian men, rejoice with heart and soul, and voice;
    Give ye heed to what we say: Jesus Christ is born today;
    Ox and ass before Him bow; and He is in the manger now.
    Christ is born today! Christ is born today!

    Good Christian men, rejoice, with heart and soul and voice;
    Now ye hear of endless bliss: Jesus Christ was born for this!
    He has opened the heavenly door, and man is blest forevermore.
    Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this!

    Good Christian men, rejoice, with heart and soul and voice;
    Now ye need not fear the grave: Jesus Christ was born to save!
    Calls you one and calls you all, to gain His everlasting hall.
    Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save!

    On The Ninth Day Of Christmas, My True Love Gave To Me....

    ......Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne.
     I grew up with this beautiful Christmas hymn and assumed that most everyone else knew it too until we started singing it last year in Choir and our instructor asked who already knew the song, me and my siblings  were the only ones who raised our hands! I was surprised, however it alerted me to a fact, more people need to hear this hymn!
     It was written in the eighteen hundreds by Emily Elliott and Timothy Mathews (My Brother Timothy called it the Timothy and Elliot song and reserved it as a special song for himself and his then little brother Elliot!) And contains five verses arranged in prayer form. 
                     Indeed, may God someday call to us and assure us that there is room by His side for us, what a glorious moment that will surely be!
                         
    Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,
    When Thou camest to earth for me;
    But in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room
    For Thy holy nativity.
    Refrain
    O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
    There is room in my heart for Thee.

    Heaven’s arches rang when the angels sang,
    Proclaiming Thy royal degree;
    But of lowly birth didst Thou come to earth,
    And in great humility.
    Refrain

    The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest
    In the shade of the forest tree;
    But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God,
    In the deserts of Galilee.
    Refrain
    Thou camest, O Lord, with the living Word,
    That should set Thy people free;
    But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn,
    They bore Thee to Calvary.
    Refrain

    When the heav’ns shall ring, and her choirs shall sing,
    At Thy coming to victory,
    Let Thy voice call me home, saying “Yet there is room,
    There is room at My side for thee.”

    My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus,
    When Thou comest and callest for me.

    On The Eight Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me.....

    ......The Star Carol.
     Up until today all the songs I have posted have no later than the 1800's but this song, written in the nineteen forty's by Alfred Burt is an exceptionally beautiful carol which, also our choir sang this year and which I would like to share with you all. This choir who sang it, did a good job sound wise; the only problem is that most of them look rather bored! This is a good example of how much one's manner while singing can detract from the overall quality of the choir. But, all that aside, do learn this song if you don't know it. The words are below, as always!
                                        

    Long years ago on a deep winter night,
    High in the heav'ns a star shone bright,
    While in a manger a wee baby lay,
    Sweetly asleep on a bed of hay.

    Jesus the Lord was that baby so small,
    Laid down to sleep in a humble stall;
    Then came the star and it stood overhead,
    shedding its light 'round His little bed.

    Dear baby Jesus, how tiny Thou art,
    I'll make a place for Thee in my heart,
    And when the stars in the heavens I see,
    Ever and always I think of Thee.

    On The Seventh Day of Christmas, My true love gave to me......

    .....A Virgin Unsupported.
     A very lovely carol which tells clearly and precisely the Christmas story; urging us in the chorus to rejoice for our Savior was born on this day!
                                      
    1. A Virgin unspotted, the prophet foretold,
    Should bring forth a Savior, which now we behold.
    To be our Redeemer from death, hell and sin,
    Which Adam's transgression had wrapped us in.

    Chorus: Then let us be merry put sorrow away;
                  our Savior, Christ Jesus was born on this day! 

    2. At Bethlehem city in Jewry, it was
    That Joseph and Mary together did pass,
    All for to be taxed with many one more,
    Great Cesar commanded the same should be so. Chorus

    3. But when they had entered the city so fair,
    A number of people so mighty was there,
    That Joseph and Mary, whose substance was small,
    Could find in the inn there no lodging at all. Chorus

    4. Then were they constrained in a stable to lie,
    Where horses and asses they used for to tie:
    Their lodging so simple they took it no scorn,
    But against the next morning our Saviour was born. Chorus

    5. The King of all Kings to this world being brought,
    Small store of fine linen to wrap Him was sought,
    But when she had swaddled her young Son so sweet,
    Within an ox manger she laid Him to sleep. Chorus

    6. Then God sent an angel from Heaven so high,
    To certain poor shepherds in fields where they lie,
    And bade them no Longer in sorrow to stay,
    Because that our Saviour was born on this day. Chorus

    7. Then presently after the shepherds did spy
    Vast numbers of Angels to stand in the sky;
    They joyfully talk and sweetly did sing,
    To God be all glory, our heavenly King. Chorus

    8. To teach us humility all this was done,
    And learn we from thence haughty pride for to shun:
    A manger His cradle who came from above,
    The great God of mercy, of peace, and of love. Chorus

    On The Sixth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me.....

    .....It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.
     This is such a contemplative and beautiful song; one of my favorites.
    This is also one of the most messed with Christmas carols! In fact it has been so switched  that once at family bible time (where most of us sing without a hymn book) mommy and I were singing different lines here and there from what the rest were singing! I was glad to find out today that my renderings were the right ones!
     Below I have posted Edmund Sear's, the author, original lines.
      So tell me, are those the verses you know!
                                 
    It came upon the midnight clear,
    That glorious song of old,
    From angels bending near the earth,
    To touch their harps of gold:
    "Peace on the earth, goodwill to men,
    From heaven's all-gracious King."
    The world in solemn stillness lay,
    To hear the angels sing.
    Still through the cloven skies they come,
    With peaceful wings unfurled,
    And still their heavenly music floats
    O'er all the weary world;
    Above its sad and lowly plains,
    They bend on hovering wing,
    And ever o'er its Babel sounds
    The blessèd angels sing.
    Yet with the woes of sin and strife
    The world has suffered long;
    Beneath the angel-strain have rolled
    Two thousand years of wrong;
    And man, at war with man, hears not
    The love-song which they bring;
    O hush the noise, ye men of strife,
    And hear the angels sing.
    And ye, beneath life's crushing load,
    Whose forms are bending low,
    Who toil along the climbing way
    With painful steps and slow,
    Look now! for glad and golden hours
    come swiftly on the wing.
    O rest beside the weary road,
    And hear the angels sing!
    For lo!, the days are hastning on,
    By prophet bards foretold,
    When with the ever-circling years
    Comes round the age of gold
    When peace shall over all the earth
    Its ancient splendors fling,
    And the whole world give back the song
    Which now the angels sing.

    On The Fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me......

    .....O Come All Ye Faithful!
    This one is an extremely old Carol, first written in Latin during the middle ages. It is not known for certain who wrote the lyrics or the music though there is much speculation on the subject. 
    This song has such a "joyful and triumphant" tune that it fits perfectly with the lyrics. Extremely well matched.
        Below I have put the original Latin and the English translation. When we were children we had a little children's Christmas hymn book with both English and Latin verses. I had the first verse in Latin memorized as did a couple of my siblings it was a really educational experience!
                                    
    ADESTE fideles laeti triumphantes; venite, venite in Bethlehem; Natum videte Regem Angelorum: O COME, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant: o come ye to Bethlehem, come and behold Him, born the King of Angels.
    R. Venite, adoremus, venite, adoremus, venite, adoremus Dominum. R. O come let us adore Him; O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.
    Deum de Deo, Lumen de Lumine, gestant puellae viscera, Deum verum, Genitum non factum. R. God of God eternal, Light from Light proceeding, Lo, He deigns in the Virgin's womb to lie; God uncreated, very God begotten. R.
    En, grege relicto, humiles ad cunas, vocati pastores approperant; et nos ovanti gradu festinemus. R. Forsaking the sheepfold, to his lowly cradle, obedient and swiftly run the shepherd throng, with exultation let our footsteps follow. R.
    Stella duce, Magi Christum adorantes aurum, tus et myrrham dant munera. Iesu infanti corda praebeamus; R. Lo! star led chieftains, Magi, Christ adoring, offer Him incense, gold, and myrrh; We to the Christ Child bring our hearts' oblations. R.
    Aeterni Parentis splendorem aeternum, velatum sub carne videbimus; Deum infantem pannis involutum. R. The splendor Immortal, Son of God Eternal, now hidden in mortal flesh our eyes shall view. See there the Infant, swaddling clothes enfold him. R.
    Pro nobis egenum et faeno cubantem, piis foveamus amplexibus. Sic nos amantem quis non redamaret? R. For man poor and needy cradled in a manger, O let us in loving arms enfold Him fast! So true a lover shall we not requite Him? R.
    Cantet nunc Io chorus Angelorum; cantet nunc aula caelestium, gloria in excelsis Deo. R. Sing, choirs of Angels, sing in exultation, sing all ye citizens of heaven above, Glory to God in the highest. R.
    Ergo qui natus die hodierna, Iesu, tibi sit gloria, Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum. R. Yea, Lord we greet Thee, born this happy morning; Jesu, to Thee be glory given; Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing. R.

    On The Fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....

    .....Angels From the Realms of Glory.
     This is a beautiful Christmas hymn, calling all peoples to come and worship Christ.
    Written in the 1800's by James Montgomery a Scottish poet, and set to a tune written a few years later, it is indeed a glorious and majestic song. Unfortunately, I couldn't find out much about the history of the writing of this hymn nor much about the author himself. I also couldn't find a nice sounding video which included all the verses and sang it to the right tune. I went with tune over all the verses, because I can post those below; take a look at the fifth verse, we don't see that one in many hymnals and yet that one is one of my favorites. I've often wondered why some verses to some songs seem to be left out and forgotten though they seem so fitting! However that is another topic for another day.
     Please enjoy this beautiful video!
                                     
    Angels from the realms of glory,
    Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
    Ye who sang creation’s story
    Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.
    Refrain

    Come and worship, come and worship,
    Worship Christ, the newborn King.

    Shepherds, in the field abiding,
    Watching o’er your flocks by night,
    God with us is now residing;
    Yonder shines the infant light:
    Refrain

    Sages, leave your contemplations,
    Brighter visions beam afar;
    Seek the great Desire of nations;
    Ye have seen His natal star.
    Refrain

    Saints, before the altar bending,
    Watching long in hope and fear;
    Suddenly the Lord, descending,
    In His temple shall appear.
    Refrain

    Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
    Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
    Justice now revokes the sentence,
    Mercy calls you; break your chains.
    Refrain

    Though an Infant now we view Him,
    He shall fill His Father’s throne,
    Gather all the nations to Him;
    Every knee shall then bow down:
    Refrain

    All creation, join in praising
    God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
    Evermore your voices raising
    To th’eternal Three in One.
    Refrain

    On the Third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me.....

    .....Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
     This song is really deep in theology. The words are rich and full of meaning. Unfortunately I do not have much time right now to go in to the History of this hymn but do take the time to study the lyrics. They unfold the attributes of Christ in a beautiful and triumphant way. 
     Yes, "Triumphant" is the word I would use to describe this song!
    Enjoy this video, and have a blessed Lord's day.
              
    Hark the herald angels sing
    "Glory to the newborn King!
    Peace on earth and mercy mild
    God and sinners reconciled"
    Joyful, all ye nations rise
    Join the triumph of the skies
    With the angelic host proclaim:
    "Christ is born in Bethlehem"
    Hark! The herald angels sing
    "Glory to the newborn King!"

    Christ by highest heav'n adored
    Christ the everlasting Lord!
    Late in time behold Him come
    Offspring of a Virgin's womb
    Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
    Hail the incarnate Deity
    Pleased as man with man to dwell
    Jesus, our Emmanuel
    Hark! The herald angels sing
    "Glory to the newborn King!"

    Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
    Hail the Son of Righteousness!
    Light and life to all He brings
    Ris'n with healing in His wings
    Mild He lays His glory by
    Born that man no more may die
    Born to raise the sons of earth
    Born to give them second birth
    Hark! The herald angels sing
    "Glory to the newborn King!"

    On the Second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....

     .....What Child is this!
       "What Child is this who lays to rest on Mary's lap is sleeping?"  Indeed the question that has been asked by many throughout the past two thousand years; a question of wonder and awe. That Christ should take on finite sinful flesh and that, in the form of a helpless babe dependent on others is truly a cause for wonder.
     The lyrics were written by William Chatterton Dix, who at the age of twenty nine was struck down by a near fatal illness and compelled to keep to his bed for many a dreary month. In order to combat depression, he spent his time writing this and many other hymns.
     The words were later set to another of those wonderful old English tunes which have become legendary along with everything else we know and love about Merry olde England!  "Greensleeves".

                                                
    I think the tune fits very well with the words which is a novelty in today's happy-go-lucky worldview on all things no matter how serious. This tune truly conveys the wonder and awe in this song. I will not bother posting the lyrics since they are very clearly printed on the video. Note how they use the traditional endings on each of the verses instead of treating the the later part as a chorus using the end of the first verse as a refrain for all three; you miss so much when you miss the later part of both of those verses especially the second verse. That one is by far my favorite of all the verses!
     How about you all; do you have a favorite verse?

    On The First day of Christmas, My True love gave to me.....

     .....God Rest Ye merry Gentlemen!
      I know that I did this last year; the only problem was that last year I only posted the lyrics without any video. Unacceptable! So I am doing it again this year this time, without the lyrics and only a video! Because I am rather in a rush.
     Tomorrow, I promise, I'll have my act together. Until then, enjoy one of the oldest and most beloved English carols sung by the King's College Choir!
     Merry Christmas.

    Pachelbel's Cannon in D

    If any one of my readers has never heard this piece before, please let me know! This is perhaps one of the most well known Cannon's in all of history; right up there with Mozart's "Fur Elise" and Bach's "Jesu Bleibet Meine Freud". 
     For any of you who does not know what a cannon is, I will explain. A cannon is a piece of music where a simple melody called an aria is taken and played through over and over again, each time getting more and more complex in it's harmonies and yet still keeping the simple melody in the back round. Each of the times it is played over with a different harmony is called a variation. I would say that cannons are almost my favorite kind of classical music!  I was listening to this on somebody's blog and suddenly I wondered why I hadn't posted this on MY blog! It is such a beautiful piece. Now, if any one of my readers doesn't like Pachelbel's Cannon, I would love to hear about that as well!
     But, please enjoy this orchestra version. I like it best with just piano and violin, but I couldn't find a video that I liked!  This one, however, is excellent.

    Now Thank We All Our God

    Happy Thanksgiving! Please enjoy this lovely German hymn! And may we all lift up a song of thanksgiving to our Maker for His unfathomable blessings which are new every morning.

    The Worship of God - Through Music

    From October 31 - November 3 Our family attended "The Worship of God conference" In a lovely scenic conference center in the Mountains. Ridgecrest, to be precise! I met lots of friends, some old, some new. I heard lots of encouraging talks. I sang and sang, and sang some more. Especially on Saturday night when a large group of talented singers bundled into a room with a grand piano and a few violinists to praise God through singing hymns. It is so wonderful to blend one's voice in praise to God with other believers especially when they know how to sing. In fact I personally think it is the closest one can feel to being in heaven while on earth. Even Prayer, though wonderful also, is not quite the same.
     Anyway this was a conference on the worship of God in the meetings of the church especially but also about worshiping God in the family. Guess what I heard a lot of which I'm really eager to share on this blog. Yes, I'm sure you knew first thing what I mean!
       Music!
    Most of the music talks I was able to go to were given by Mr. Jeff Pollard. He gave three almost consecutive talks on music. He said this was because the information he wanted to convey was simply too much to pack into one lecture. He was right! In fact I would have liked to discuss some of the subjects he touched on, more in depth with him. But I didn't get a chance! Yet, still, I learned a lot and came back feeling that until now, I have only had a very basic understanding of what music is and what it means. Also, the post I wrote a while back, titled "The music controversy" that I also posted as an actual page, is, though true, very shallow and I intend to make some changes to it. You may want to check back in a month or two and read it again!
     So, what did he say? My readers anxiously scan the page eager to hear what so radically advanced my knowledge on this subject. Fear not! I am coming to that. I took several pages worth of notes on these three talks and I wish I could post the audio of the entire talks themselves, but that would not be right. So I will give you a short outline in my own words of what I learned from Mr. Pollard's first talk; the others I will share in subsequent posts. Everything that is an actual quote by him, I will Italicize. So here are my rewritten notes to "Does music in worship affect us" By Mr. Pollard.
      Though God commands us to worship Him through music, He does not tell us what kinds of music we should use. But the Scripture is sufficient for music in worship. The book of psalms and the Song of Solomon are both entirely song and from Genesis to Revelation we find people using music to praise God and give thanks.  Music is a means of teaching, speaking, and exhortation. The word Worship is actually derived from the old English term Worth- ship which was a measure of the worth of a person. That is- to give the person that which was his worth or due. So when we worship God we are showing how much we think He is worth. Thus to give God worship is to give God His due which is why we must come to Him on His terms not on ours. The Lutherans believed that, since a way how we must worship was not specifically laid out in Scripture, as long as we worship Him we can do it however we think best. However, this is not what the other reformers taught and this does not seem to be the principle laid out in Scripture. However, that said, I return to music. The definition Mr. Pollard gave for music is sounds ordered in time. And by sounds he means tones not noise. By ordered, he means that there is a pattern to it, as in, if a door is slammed, it makes noise and your ears have no warning as to what will come next, thus it is jarring to our senses, but when the piano is played, the ears hear a pattern, the signals are not coming from all over the place but are distinct and even. "In Time" is pretty clear. All music has a steady beat. whether it is pronounced or not, sometimes it slows for a bit and then speeds up again but the constant beat is always there. Now here is where it gets really interesting. Music is the product of creative intelligence. It is not natural but of human construction. Every single culture, though it may not have a written language or art or even been able to start a fire, has its own music. This is something evolutionists simply can't explain; music is not needed to survive in any way. Yet it still seems to be a fundamental part of every society. And now comes the thrust of the lecture. Music affects us, not physically but emotionally. Music touches a part of us which simple words cannot. Just hearing one song can stir up a flood of foreign emotions, can bring up a host of forgotten memories, can transport us to celestial joy or move us to morbid sorrow, can make us bold or cause us to cower in a long dormant fear. Which is why the view, that as long as the words are good, the music doesn't matter, is simply false. It was said by a rock star (not a sheltered fundementalist sitting in a corner somewhere trying to think up some reason why rock music is bad) That when it comes to influencing people through song, the music matters more than the words. In fact, in some cases, the words don't even matter. The music by itself speaks volumes and can move us to heights or stir up evil passions!  However, music does not control us as do drugs or alcohol. It can be resisted. Though music can influence us to do evil, that is only because the evil was already in our heart to begin with and the music just stirred it up. So we must never say the music made us do it. The music didn't make us do anything. It influenced us but it didn't make us do it.
     So to sum it up; it matters immensely what kind of music we use in worship. Because it affects us. We should not tempt those evil passions in our heart with wrong music. So when you listen to music, turn into words the emotions it brings to you and assess by the scriptures whether those feelings are right. This could solve a lot of the controversy Christians have over music!

    Reformation Day

    Being born on the thirty-first of October often caused me no little grief growing up. I hated seeing the horrible images people put up, on my birthday! I hated having trick-or-treaters showing up on the doorstep in the middle of my party, and, to top it off, I hated having  people call me a "boo baby" in stores!
    But their was one consolation; I always knew that my birthday was also the commemoration of a very special event in History, that of the sparking of the fire of reformation and revival in the town of Wittenburg, Germany by a fiery  monk named Martin Luther. When He nailed his Ninety-five theses to the door of Wittenburg chapel.
     So that is what I focus on now. Forget about Halloween!
               But this is a music blog so I am about to share with you once again the most popular hymn of the reformation. (Next year, I promise, I'll find some obscure hymn that no one has ever heard of to post instead!)
        A Mighty Fortress is Our God, or, Ein Feste Burg ist Unsrer Gott.
    Last year I shared the German version of the song with you, see my post from then if you want to hear it: http://joyfullysinging.blogspot.com/2012/10/ein-feste-burg-ist-unser-gott.html
     But this time I want to share the actual translations of this hymn into English. The differences between the words we know and what Luther actually wrote are quite striking.
                     So here is the Original German and below is its literal translation.


    Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott,
    ein gute Wehr und Waffen;
    er hilft uns frei aus aller Not,
    die uns jetzt hat betroffen.
    Der alte böse Feind,
    mit Ernst er’s jetzt meint,
    groß Macht und viel List
    sein grausam Rüstung ist,
    auf Erd ist nicht sein gleichen.

    Mit unser Macht ist nichts getan,
    wir sind gar bald verloren,
    es streit für uns der rechte Mann,
    den Gott hat selbst erkoren;
    fragst du, wer der ist?
    Er heißt Jesu Christ;
    der Herr Zebaoth,
    und ist kein and’rer Gott;
    das Feld muß er behalten.

    Und wenn die Welt voll Teufel wär,
    und wolltn uns gar verschlingen,
    so fürchten wir uns nicht so sehr,
    es soll uns doch gelingen,
    Der Fürst dieser Welt,
    wie saur er sich stellt,
    Tut er uns doch nicht,
    das macht, er ist gericht;
    ein Wörtlein kann ihn fällen.

    Das Wort sie sollen lassen stahn,
    und kein Dank darzu haben.
    Er ist bei uns wohl auf dem Plan,
    mit seinem Geist und Gaben.
    Nehmen sie uns den Leib,
    Gut, Ehr, Kind und Weib,
    laß fahren dahin;
    sie haben’s keinen Gwinn.
    Das Reich muß uns doch bleiben.




     English Translation

    A mighty fortress is our God,
    a good defense and armory,
    he helps us get free from every difficulty
    that befalls us.
    The ancient wicked foe,
    grim is his intent,
    great might and much deceit
    are his ruthless weapons,
    on earth he has no equal.
     
    With our might naught can be done;
    soon were we lost.
    But for us fights the valiant one,
    whom God himself elected.
    Ask ye, who is this?
    He is called Jesus Christ;
    the Lord of Sabaoth;
    and there is no other God;
    He holds the field forever.
     
    And if the world were full of devils
    wanting to devour us,
    we would not be all that afraid,
    for we would nonetheless succeed.
    The prince of this world,
    however bad-tempered he may appear,
    can do nothing to us,
    The result: he stands condemned;
    one little word can fell him.
     
    The Word they still shall let remain
    nor any thanks have for it;
    He’s by our side upon the plain,
    with his good gifts and spirit,
    And take they our life,
    goods, fame, child and wife,
    let all these go;
    they have won nothing.
    The kingdom remains ours.

    I also want to share a more literal translation of the hymn in poetry as the one above is in prose. And then I will show you the words we all are familiar with.



    "A Mighty Fortress is Our God"
    by Dr. Martin Luther, 1483-1546
    Composite Translation from the Pennsylvania Lutheran CHURCH BOOK of 1868
    1. A mighty Fortress is our God,
    A trusty Shield and Weapon;
    He helps us free from every need
    That hath us now o'ertaken.
    The old evil Foe
    Now means deadly woe;
    Deep guile and great might
    Are his dread arms in fight;
    On Earth is not his equal.

    2. With might of ours can naught be done,
    Soon were our loss effected;
    But for us fights the Valiant One,
    Whom God Himself elected.
    Ask ye, Who is this?
    Jesus Christ it is.
    Of Sabaoth Lord,
    And there's none other God;
    He holds the field forever.

    3. Though devils all the world should fill,
    All eager to devour us.
    We tremble not, we fear no ill,
    They shall not overpower us.
    This world's prince may still
    Scowl fierce as he will,
    He can harm us none,
    He's judged; the deed is done;
    One little word can fell him.

    4. The Word they still shall let remain
    Nor any thanks have for it;
    He's by our side upon the plain
    With His good gifts and Spirit.
    And take they our life,
    Goods, fame, child and wife,
    Let these all be gone,
    They yet have nothing won;
    The Kingdom our remaineth.

    ~
    A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
    Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
    For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
    His craft and pow’r are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
    On earth is not his equal.

    Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing,
    Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
    Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
    Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
    And He must win the battle.

    And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
    We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us;
    The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
    His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
    One little word shall fell him.

    That word above all earthly pow’rs, no thanks to them, abideth;
    The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth;
    Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
    The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
    His kingdom is forever.




    So, which one do you like best?
     

    Nearer, my God, to Thee Part 2

    I didn't expect to be doing a follow up post on my last one; but after I wrote about those other tunes, I just had to look for them on youtube, and once I heard them I just had to post them for you all to hear.  They are both such beautiful moving tunes. That I think that if I hadn't heard "Bethany" first I might have more likely picked "Horbury" or "Propior Deo" for my favorite. The third tune I listed, "St. Edmunds", I cannot find anywhere but that's okay three tunes are already quite enough for one song!

    So here is the British Methodists' favorite tune, "Propior Deo".


                                                                                                                                                                          
    And Here is "Horbury" The tune played on the titanic as it sunk into the icy depths of the north Atlantic. Many claim that Since Band master Wallace Hartley was a Methodist that "Propior Deo" was the tune they played, however, no one knows this is certain and it is also accepted that he knew "Horbury" just as well. Besides this there is the overwhelming evidence of the testimony of Eva Hart one of the survivors who claimed that "Horbury" was the tune used. There is no one who can testify to the contrary. But anyway here is the tune.

    Enjoy! let me know which you like better. I like them both!

    Nearer My God to Thee/Naher, mein Gott, zu Dir

    This moving song was written first by Sisters, Sarah Flower Adams and Eliza Flower in 1841 based on  Genesis 28: 11-29.  I cannot find the tune Eliza composed for her sister's lines any where, but the song was originally written for a hymn book by William Johnson Fox with whom the sisters were well acquainted. The song, however, did not gain much popularity in the states until it was wedded with Lowell Mason's tune, Bethany. This is the tune most of you probably know. There are other tunes such as "Horbury", by John Bacchus Dykes, "Propior Deo" and "St. Edmund" by Arthur Sullivan, all of which are beautiful as well but for me. I like Mason's tune the best since I heard it first! It is also the most popular of all the tunes everywhere elsse  except in England, where "Horbury" is sung, and among the British Methodists who prefer "Propior Deo" . But "Bethany" has still found its way into the British hymnals!
     This song was also translated into German and I think it is just as beautiful in that tongue as it is in ours. So I will post two videos, one in German and one in English. Tell me what you think!


    Näher, mein Gott, zu Dir,
    Näher zu Dir!
    Drückt mich auch Kummer hier,
    Drohet man mir,
    Soll doch trotz Kreuz und Pein,
    Dies meine Losung sein:

    Näher, mein Gott, zu Dir,
    Näher zu Dir!

    Bricht mir, wie Jakob dort,
    Nacht auch herein,
    Find ich zum Ruheort
    Nur einen Stein,
    Ist selbst im Traume hier
    Mein Sehnen für und für:

    Näher, mein Gott, zu Dir,
    Näher zu Dir!

    Geht auch die schmale Bahn,
    Aufwärts gar steil,
    Führt sie doch himmelan
    Zu meinem Heil.
    Engel so licht und schön
    Winken aus sel'gen Höhn:

    Näher, mein Gott, zu Dir,
    Näher zu Dir!

    Ist dann die Nacht vorbei,
    Leuchtet die Sonn,
    Weih ich mich Dir aufs neu
    Vor Deinem Thron,
    Baue mein Bethel Dir,
    Und jauchz mit Freuden hier:

    Näher, mein Gott, zu Dir,
    Näher zu Dir!


    Ist mir auch ganz verhüllt
    Mein Weg allhier:
    Wird nur mein Wunsch erfüllt
    Näher zu dir!
    Schließt dann mein Pilgerlauf,
    Schwing ich mich selig auf

    Näher, mein Gott, zu Dir,
    Näher zu Dir!


    They don't sing all the verses in the video, but you get the idea.



    Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
    E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
    Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.
    Nearer, my God, to Thee,
    Nearer to Thee!

    Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
    Darkness be over me, my rest a stone.
    Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God to Thee.
    Nearer, my God, to Thee,
    Nearer to Thee!

    There let the way appear, steps unto Heav’n;
    All that Thou sendest me, in mercy given;
    Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.
    Nearer, my God, to Thee,
    Nearer to Thee!

    Then, with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
    Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
    So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee.
    Nearer, my God, to Thee,
    Nearer to Thee!

    Or, if on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
    Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I’ll fly,
    Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.
    Nearer, my God, to Thee,
    Nearer to Thee!
    Enjoy! Tell me which one you prefer!

    Great is thy faithfulness

    When I think about The transition from season to season, I am constantly reminded of how great God's faithfulness is towards mankind. When I think of how He persistently pursues those whom He has called no matter what they do or say to Him, I am overwhelmed by His faithfulness. When I think of how time and time again He restores peace to the heart of the believer after they have allowed the Devil to upset them for the ninety-ninth time I can only cry, "How Great is Thy Faithfulness, O God my Father!" 
     Is it a mere accident that the seasons continue happening  at their appointed times without fail?
        But as it is written: While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, 
    and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
    Genesis 8:22

    I Am Thankful For What They've Done For Me

    September tenth was my parent's Twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. And I was reminded again how much I owe them for where they have brought me in life. I am constantly in awe when I remember just how much your life can be shaped by those to whom you were born. If there were no God, I could only say this thought would be depressing since all of us had no say whatsoever in the matter; but in light of the fact that there is a God and each one's birth is sovereignly appointed by Him for a good and glorifying reason. We can rejoice instead of bemoan our fate!  I happen to have two imperfect yet very godly parents. The impact they have had on my life for good is tremendous and I am so thankful. I'm thankful that I have never heard them fight in my entire life; I have never heard my mother nag my father even the tinniest bit; our parents were always careful never to go into debt we have never had any since the day they joined hands; even though when they married they didn't have much counseling from experienced parents, and homeschooling was not well known at the time they started, they decided to home school us anyway. They have established hymn singing in our home since the first child was born, and we have sung at least one hymn every normal evening of our lives together as a family since then. All these things and much more I am thankful for my parents doing for us.
    In honor of them, this year I wrote a song which I and my brothers sang for them on the tenth. I haven't got the tune posted up any where but I want to share the lyrics with you all.
       This song is dedicated to my parents


    Thank you Father, Mother,
    For joining heart to heart,
    Though it was never easy,
    Yet still you did your part.
    O thank you Father, Mother,
    You strove to do your best,
    You gave us all each other,
    For this you will be blessed

    Refrain
    You fought the uphill battle,
    You sailed a stormy sea;
    You gave up friends and money
    For Christ and family.

    Thank you Father, Mother,
    Your prayers though prayed in pain,
    Each tear shed for our welfare,
    Was never shed in vain.
    Oh thank you Father, Mother,
    You’ve shown us God above,
    By working with each other,
    You’ve mirrored his great love.

    Refrain

    Thank you Father, Mother,
     Imperfect though you were,
     By loving still each other,
    You showed us sin’s best cure;
    That love with out condition,
    Can blot out any sin,
    And though you often stumbled,
    Examples you’ve still been.

    Refrain

    Than you Father, Mother,
    These five and twenty years,
     You’ve lived with one another,
     Through joy and love and tears;
    You work is not yet over,
     Your journey’s not yet done,
    So still you’ll walk together,
    Until the fight is won.

    Refrain(for verse 4)
    You’ll win that uphill battle
    You’ll conquer stormy seas,
    You’ll give up wealth and comfort,
     For Christ and family.

    I love you Daddy and Mommy!