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The Happiest Time of the Year

It’s Christmas. The season of giving and good cheer. It’s considered the happiest time of the year. And from the looks on the children’s faces, I agree.

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Some of that cheer comes from the songs played on the radio, in the stores, and in our own homes.

Last year, I told of the history of two songs, Go Tell It on the Mountain and the Twelve Days of Christmas. This year, I thought I’d do a different song each week leading up to the holiday. I’d love to know what your favorite Christmas song is. Who knows, maybe it will have an interesting story behind it as well.

This week, we’re going to listen to what is considered the oldest Christmas song on record, Corde natus ex Parentis” (“Of the Father’s Love Begotten”). This song was written in the 4th Century A.D by a Roman poet.

This Christmas song is traditionally sung acapella – which means with no music. According to the History of Hymns, from the website www.umcdiscipleship.org, the words set forth the writer’s “argument that the Son has always, is always, and will always be with God and us”.

While it was written in Latin, I’ve chosen a contemporary version which has been translated. I hope you enjoy it.

https://youtu.be/cOF9JLJkPis

If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please let me know in the comment section below so I can pray for the situation.

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