I believe Silent Night is the most beloved. All Come all ye Faithful, would probably be next. I love them all. Oh come Oh come Emmanual. The 12 Days of Christimas is suppose to be a hidden way Catholics in England was teaching their children the basics of the faith.
Adeste Fidelis. The altar rail at a church I used to go to for First Fridays had VENITE ADOREMUS as part of the metal work. I knew what the Latin meant but seeing it on an altar rail with Jesus in the monstrance behind it, the full meaning hit me like a ton of bricks. Now I get emotional at the chorus and it’s sort of embarrassing.
You beat me to it. I love that song, it always reminds me of my first parish priest who came to Toronto in the early 1960s to minister to the growing italian community. He loved music, wrote poetry and himself composed many beautiful hyms. He was a powerful influence through all my formative years, I still miss him. I know we’re not supposed to name clergy, but I’ll risk breaking the rules to thank Father Sbrocchi for providing his parishioners a powerful example of faith, hope and charity.
“In the Bleak Midwinter”
“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”
“Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”
“Good Christian Men, Rejoice” (In Dulci Jubilo)
“Ding, Dong, Merrily on High”
“The Holly and the Ivy”
“Once in Royal David’s City”
“Creator of the Stars of Night”
“Good King Wenceslas”
These are all from my home parish’s Christmas repertoire, new for this year. It hurts me very much that I will not be with the choir when they sing them. I will be visiting my family in OCP-land.
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