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Christmas Song of the Day: Angels We Have Heard on High (Gloria in Exelsis Deo)

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Angels We Have Heard on High (Gloria in Exelsis Deo)

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly sounding o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains

Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ whose birth the angels sing
Come adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn King!

Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

See Him in the manger laid
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise

Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

 

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Christmas Song of the Day: White Christmas

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White Christmas

(Idina Menzel)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky8sppOIGbI

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten,
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

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Christmas Song of the Day – Adeste Fideles

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Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)

 

Luciano Pavarotti and Trisha Yearwood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MYQneoYhYY

In Latin:

Adeste Fideles
Laeti triumphantes
Venite, venite in Bethlehem
Natum videte
Regem angelorum
Venite adoremus
Dominum
Cantet nunc io

Chorus angelorum
Cantet nunc aula caelestium
Gloria, gloria
In excelsis Deo
Venite adoremus
Dominum
Ergo qui natus
Die hodierna
Jesu, tibi sit gloria
Patris aeterni
Verbum carofactus
Venite adoremus
Dominum

In English:

Oh, come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant!
Oh, come ye, oh, come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the king of angels:
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.
Highest, most holy,
Light of light eternal,
Born of a virgin,
A mortal he comes;
Son of the Father
Now in flesh appearing!
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God
In the highest:
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
Born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given!
Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing!
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

Hymn # 41 from Lutheran Worship

Composer: John F. Wade
Tune: Adeste Fideles
1st Published in: 1767

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Christmas Song of the Day: I Saw Three Ships

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I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQBgXoH8FGk

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day?
And what was in those ships all three,
On Christmas Day in the morning?

The Virgin Mary and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
The Virgin Mary and Christ were there,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Pray, wither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Pray, wither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas Day in the morning?

O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the souls on earth shall sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the souls on earth shall sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

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Christmas Song of the Day: The Little Drummer Boy

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The Little Drummer Boy

“Come” they told me… Pa rum pum pum pum

Our new born King to see Pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring Pa rum pum pum pum

To lay before the King Pa rum pum pum pum rum pum pum pum rum pum pum pum

So to honor him Pa rum pum pum pum

When we come

Little baby Pa rum pum pum pum

I am a poor boy too Pa rum pum pum pum

I have no gift to bring Pa rum pum pum pum

That’s fit to give a King Pa rum pum pum pum Rum pum pum pum rum pum pum pum

Shall I play for you Pa rum pum pum pum

On my drum

Mary nodded Pa rum pum pum pum

The ox and lamb kept time Pa rum pum pum pum

I played my drum for him Pa rum pum pum pum

I played my best for him Pa Rum pum pum pum Rum pum pum pum Rum pum pum pum

Then He smiled at me Pa rum pum pum pum

Me and my drum

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Veterans’ Day 2014

Armistice Day, Veterans’ Day, Remembrance Day

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…

In Flanders Fields

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Written by Lt-Colonel John McRae (1915)

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Happy Fathers’ Day

Happy Fathers’ Day to all the dads, stepdads, and men who provide a father figure to kids who need one.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

gaelicpatsI have a corned beef in the crock pot. And yes, corned beef and cabbage is an American Irish tradition, not an Irish Irish tradition. It’s still very, very good.

I have Guinness, Harp, and Southwick red in the house and ready to go. And a wee dram of Jameson’s as well.

We celebrate our Irish heritage in our house.

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Groundhog Day 2014

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It’s a beautiful sunny day out there today. Lots of snow on the ground and more predicted in the next week and beyond.

The official Groundhog in Pennsylvania saw his shadow. Six more weeks of winter.

Well, since the first day of spring this year is March 20, and that is 46 days, or six weeks and four days. So it’s pretty much ALWAYS another six weeks of winter. Every year.

Happy Groundhog Day! We’re halfway done with Winter!

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