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December 9 – While Shepherds Watched (A Christmas Carol Advent)

16 MORE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!

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History

The words of this song are generally attributed to Nahum Tate.  The exact date that the song was written is unknown, but it appeared in print by 1700.  This song was the only Christmas Song authorized to be sung by the Anglican church.  Prior to 1700, only the Psalms of David were allowed to be sung in the church.

Commentary & Analysis

This song is a masterful retelling of the story of the shepherds outside Jerusalem to whom the angels appeared following the birth of Jesus.  Read the story from Luke below and then the lyrics to the song below and I think you will be amazed at how accurately the story is retold in the song.

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