The angel Gabriel appears to Mary with the news that she has been chosen to bear God’s Son. This traditional Basque carol is one of my favorites.
With the economy in the doldrums, you may not be able to afford to buy gifts for your loved ones this Christmas. Luckily, you can pick up a really terrific gift at your local animal shelter for next to nothing. This helpful instructional video demonstrates how to wrap your gift. Make this a Christmas your loved ones will never forget!
Have you ever sung in a choir where there was one singer who always seemed to be a little off? If so, you’ll appreciate the way Maestro Quasimodo deals with one particularly inept chorister in this performance by the Paris Belharmonic.
Charles Wesley was born in Epworth, Lincolnshire on December 18, 1707. His mother, Susannah, gave all of her many children — girls as well as boys — a rigorous classical education, which included learning Latin and Greek. Charles later attended Christ Church, Oxford, along with his brother John. After graduating with a degree in classical languages and literature, Charles was ordained in the Church of England, and in 1735, Charles and John sailed to the North American colony of Georgia as missionaries. But the venture was a disaster, and Charles soon returned to England, defeated and discouraged.
What ended up being the lasting legacy of this miserable voyage resulted from the presence on the ship of a group of Moravians, who often sang hymns together. This was something Charles was not used to hearing; the Anglican churches of that time had choirs that provided music for services, but there was no congregational singing. The Moravians inspired Charles to begin writing hymns that could be sung by anyone, not just trained vocalists. By the time of his death in 1788, Charles had written more than six thousand hymns. Open just about any hymnal in just about any church, and the odds are you’ll find at least a dozen hymns by Charles Wesley, if not a couple dozen or more. Here is one of my favorites.