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December 6 – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (A Christmas Carol Advent)

19 MORE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!

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History

The composer of this song is not known.  The song first showed up in print in 1923.  The song is referred to in Charles Dickens’ famous A Christmas Carol written in 1843.

Commentary & Analysis

This song, which celebrates many aspects of the birth of Christ, is deeply theological citing many aspects of Jesus’ birth and life including:

  • “Jesus Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day” [Acts 4:12]
  • “To save us all from Satan’s power” / “To free all those who trust in him from Satan’s power and might.” [Hebrews 2:14]
  • “When we were gone astray” [Romans 2:12]
  • “In Bethlehem, In Jury, the blessed Babe was born and laid within a manger: [Luke 2:16]
  • “The which his mother Mary did nothing take in scorn.” [Luke 1:38]
  • “From God our heavenly father” [Matthew 6:9]
  • “A blessed Angel came. And unto certain shepherds brought tidings of the same.” [Luke 2:8-10]
  • “How that in Bethlehem was born” [Luke 2:4]
  • “The Son of God by name.” [John 1:49]
  • “This day is born a Savior of a pure Virgin bright” [Matthew 1:23]
  • “The Shepherds…went to Bethlehem straightway.” [Luke 2:15]
  • “They found him in a manger where oxen feed on hay.” [Luke 2:16]
  • “And with true love and brotherhood each other now embrace.” [John 15:12]
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