Best. Christmas CD. Ever.
As my two-year-old says, “Mewwwwwwwy Issssmisssessess!”
What is some of your favorite Christmas music?
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Any Christmas CD by the Cambridge Singers. You can listen to O Magnum Mysterium on their Myspace Music site. Fantastic stuff.
My Anglican side of course has to hear the Festival of Lessons and Carols from the men and boys choirs of King’s College Cambridge. I think the BBC usually streams the annual performance. Heavenly!
Then just for switching it up a bit I’d recommend the Third Day Christmas album. I love me some Third Day.
Wishing you a blessed Advent (cuz it ain’t time for the “C” word yet)!!
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Anyone know of a good CD of Alfred Burt (sp??) carols. I think he composed the songs in mid to late 1800’s. Let me know if anyone has a clue about that.
Transiberia Orchestra has a neat tune “THe Christmas Canon” out now.
I always liked “Lo, Ere a Rose Upsringing” and I think there are lots of versions of it around.
thanks AARON, for all you’ve done to make Mormon Coffee possible, AND SHARON TOO !!!
LDSSTITANIC: We go to an Episcopal Church, and I love all the liturgy and music, especially around Christmas. Yes, there’s nothing like boy choirs at Christmas. One of the highlights of my life was seeing “Messiah” at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London during my semester abroad. What an amazing experience that was. And as for CD’s, the best one I have ever heard is “Songs of the Angels” from the Robert Shaw Singers. The last song on the CD, “In the Bleak Midwinter”, is so hauntingly beautiful, it has moved me to tears. I was a music major in college, and I always appreciate beautiful music.
Megan…I am also an Episcopalian. Not so much theologically…I’m sure I am the most conservative dude in my parish (the others have left!!). I was saved and mostly raised Southern Baptist. I love studying Scripture inductively and consider myself thoroughly Evangelical. However, I just found the typical “half-hour of singing happy-clappy choruses and then a half-hour of preaching” to be missing something…for me anyways. I fell in love with the liturgy and the Eucharist. Of course being at a cathedral with a large pipe organ adds to the musical and architectural dimensions. I love the old hymns. Glad to know I’m not the only one here at MC…Peace be with you!!
I have a station on Pandora called ‘Gundek’s Carols’. Feel free to take a listen.
I’m visiting family in UK, and we’re just about to go off to the local Priory Church. It was started in 1092 (some of the original congregants still occupy the pews!).
I’m a complete sucker for the traditional Christian Carols, which draw so liberally from scripture. I had been singing them as a child, but after my conversion in my teens I began to understand their Biblical meanings. One of the greatest thrills was getting to know Wesley’s line in “Hark, the herald angels sing”, where he writes of the Messiah who was “born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth”
This aspect of Christmas is my favourite time of year.
LDSSTITANIC: I know exactly what you mean. We are fortunate to attend an Episcopal church that is conservative theologically (ie, no scriptural revisionism) but still has all that glorious liturgy. There’s nothing like a liturgical church for doing up the holidays in a big way too. All the candles, rituals….I love it at Christmas and Easter too. My favorite thing at Easter is how the night before the day we start the service in complete darkeness. And then, as “Christ arises”, so to speak, the lights turn on, we ring bells, and shout “He is risen!” I am enjoying all of these things even more so because we will be moving back to our home state in 5 months, and probably return to our old Church with its baptist traditions. I will miss the quiet, and the silence of the Anglican service. Oh well…I’m thinking I’ll have to go seek out some Anglican/Episcopal services after we return to fulfill that need.
Martin—I was thinking about “born to raise the sons of earth” this morning at church too, while singing that carol. I was thinking about what that phrase really means to us (in an Ephesians chapter 1 kind of way) and how it differs from LDS theology.
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