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December 2 – O Little Town of Bethlehem (A Christmas Carol Advent)

23 MORE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!

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History

An Episcopal Priest from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania named Phillips Brooks wrote the lyrics to O Little Town of Bethlehem in 1868 three after visiting the tiny town of Bethlehem and being inspired by that visit.  The music was added by the church organist named Lewis Redner.

Commentary & Analysis

This song comments on the seeming clash between the silent and sleepy town of Bethlehem and the birth of God in that town one sleepy silent night.  Theologically the song is dead on!  In the dark streets of Bethlehem, like our darkened heart, God shines an everlasting light in the form of his son Jesus Christ.

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