Christmas Carol Countdown | No.12 – O Come All Ye Faithful

Today’s devotional is by Alison Kernohan 

My favourite Christmas carol is ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’. The wonderful melody and richness of the lyrics bring back such warm memories of singing it in church as a child and carol singing door-to-door.

The carol was written in the 18th century and is one of the most well-known and popular Christmas carols even to this day. When we sing carols year after year, it can be easy to become familiar with the lyrics, but if we take time to look more closely at the words we’re singing, we can discover great and powerful truths that inspire and encourage us to lift up our gaze and focus on God, His holiness and His sacrifice.

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Christmas Carol Countdown | No.13 – God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman

Today’s devotional is by Rachel Dobson

In a very joyful and upbeat carol, which encapsulates the excitement and hope of the Christmas story, we are encouraged not to ‘dismay’ but to remember Christ our Saviour. It is a call which is as relevant today as it was when the carol was published in the 18th century, although earlier versions predate this. 

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Christmas Carol Countdown | No.15 – We Three Kings

Today’s devotional is by Alan Dourish

“We three kings of orient are, one on a bike and two in a car…” Okay, this isn’t the traditional opening line to this very well-known Christmas carol, but – like many of the other carols we have already touched upon in our countdown – the fact that it is adapted is testament to its popularity and endurance.

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Christmas Carol Countdown | No.14 – The First Noel

Today’s devotional is by Danny Roberts

‘The First Noel’ is one of the oldest Christmas hymns we sing today, originally dating back to the 15th century. The author of the carol is unknown as songs at the time were simply recited in oral form, not written down. Regrettably, this means that the names of the creators of many wonderful old songs and hymns have unfortunately been lost to us.

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