Bringing the Text to Life
Special Installment: Christmas Eve
Be Reconciled to God: Peace on earth and mercy mild
AT A GLANCE:
In his popular Christmas carol, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” Charles Wesley captures the power of the message of the angels to shepherds outside Bethlehem — the message that the arrival of Jesus signals the reconciliation of heaven and earth.
For material based on today’s Old Testament text, see “FutureHope,” December 24, 2013.
[NOTE: The Gloria is the third of a three-part series called “The First Carols.” The other two are the Benedictus on November 24 and the Magnificat on December 15.]
What’s your favorite Christmas carol?
If you took a poll of the assembled crowd on Christmas Eve, you’d probably get a variety of answers.
“Silent Night, Holy Night,” “Joy to the World,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “The First Noel” and “Once in Royal David’s City” are ...