Posted by: Larry Hoekman | December 13, 2014

Christmas Carols – Glory to God in the Highest

Day 1902:   I trust your days leading up to Christmas are filled with song!

Scripture:  And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace among men with whom He is pleased.”  Luke 2:13,14

Thoughts/questions:  Trying to visualize this scene brings a variety of responses as we all have our own little thoughts on what angels might look like.  However, it had to be tremendously visually stimulating – the residents of the heavens visiting earth to proclaim the Savior’s birth!  ‘Angels we Have Heard on High’ originated in France and the author is unknown.  Legend has it that 1700’s French shepherds would call to each other across the fields singing the Latin phrase, ‘gloria in excelsis Deo’.  It became a French carol, which was translated into English by Bishop James Chadwick with an arrangement by Edward Shippen Barnes and called ‘Gloria’.

I trust we are all part of the group God is pleased with and extends His peace to as we daily seek to turn our lives over to Him!  Today, you can act like an angel!!!!  If all you sing today is the elongated ‘Glo – ria in excelsis Deo’, you will be repeating (in Latin – who knows what language the angels speak??) “GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST”.

Please read it; then all day long ‘sing like an angel’!!!!!!!

Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains, and the mountains in reply, echoing their joyous strains.  Glo  – – – -ri – a, in excelsis De – o! . . .

Shepherds, why this jubilee?  Why your joyous strains pro-long?  What the glad-some tidings be, which inspire your heavenly song?  Glo – – – – ri – a, in excelsis De – o! . . .

Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing.  Come adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King.  Glo – – – – ri – a, in excelsis De – o! . . .   

Suggested prayer:  Jesus, thank You for coming to earth for me.  Let Your glory shine through me today . . .


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