O Come, O Come Emmanuel

For the second text of Christmas this blogger gives to thee… One of the oldest texts we have for Christmas, O Come, O Come Emmanuel (alternatively Immanuel) was originally used for Latin masses before the 8th century. Translated into English by J.M. Neale in the 1800s, it was musically adopted from a fifteenth century FrenchContinue reading “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

O Little Town of Bethlehem

For the first text of Christmas, this blogger gives to thee… We begin our exploration of Christmas texts with a poem written near TWS headquarters, right here in Philadelphia! Shortly after the American Civil War, the Reverend Phillips Brooks, then the rector at Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square, visited the Holy LandContinue reading “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

Twelve Texts for Christmas

Hello TWS readers! My name is Colin. I’m a cellist and teacher who loves worshiping God. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year;” especially if you love Christmas music! Dr. Samuel Hsu, late professor of music history at Cairn University, was a passionate advocate for the “communion of the saints.” This is not justContinue reading “Twelve Texts for Christmas”