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December 12 – Angels We Have Heard On High (A Christmas Carol Advent)





The words for this song come from a traditional French carol titled Les Anges dans nos campagnes.  The earliest  printed version of the French carol is from 1842, though many believe it was likely written in the 18th century.  The most common English translation was done by James Chadwick in 1862.

Commentary & Analysis

The title of this song comes from the first line, but at its core, this song praises God with the refrain “Gloria in excelsis Deo” translated as “Glory to God in the Highest.”  Each verse speaks to some of the visitors at the birth of Christ and encourages them to give “glory to God in the highest.”  The first verse speaks of the angels who came and announced the birth of Jesus.  It speaks of the delight they must have felt at the privilege of announcing the birth of Christ.  The second verse speaks to the shepherds who received the good news of Christ’s birth asking where their great joy comes from.  The answer, of course, from God in the Highest.  The final two verses speak to a more general group of people encouraging them to adore to King and raise their hearts in love to God.  This song serves to remind us at this Christmastime that hearts should be full of worship for our God most High.

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