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The First Carols: The Gloria Luke 2:1-14(15-20)

The First Carols: The Gloria

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.

 

EDITOR’S PICK:

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 ...

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