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“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my soul rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed,
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.”

from Mary’s Magnificat
Luke 1:46-48

Commentary: This past Sunday was the last in Advent. Now Christmas will come! Mary’s Magnificat was the reading from the New Testament for the day, and the homily focused on rejoicing in small things.

One of the songs we had in our order of service was the beloved Christmas carol, “What Child is This?” You can listen to it performed by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

p.s. Have you seen “The Nativity Story”?

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Some of my favorite Christmas poems are sung as Christmas carols. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is one of the most beautiful. It was originally written in Latin in the 11th century and later translated into English. The tune we know so well is medieval as well.

To read the words in Latin and English, click the title:


To hear a beautiful rendition of the tradition Christmas carol by Enya on YouTube, click this title:



p.s. Here are Christmas Carols from various performers (via YouTube) for all twelve days of Christmas …

Christmas!: “Joy to the World!”

Day 2: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!”

Day 3: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”

Day 4: “What Child Is This”

Day 5: “The First Noel”

Day 6: “Little Drummer Boy”

Day 7: “Nutcracker”

Day 8: “Hendel’s Gloria!”

Day 9: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

Day 10: “Carol of the Bells”

Day 11: “Silent Night”

Day 12: “Twelve Days of Christmas (Irish Style)”

Epiphany: “We Three Kings”

*”Everything Changes”

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