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Time For Christmas Music: Angels We Have Heard on High

December 19th, 2014

One of the most classic tunes in Christmas, the lovely “Angels We Have Heard on High” is instantly recognizable and  one of the most popular choices in Christmas carols during the holiday season. The first version of the song was from a traditional French carol called “Les Anges dans nos Campagnes” and was translated into English in the nineteenth century.

The French legend states that on Christmas Eve, many shepherds would sing and call to each other from hillside to hillside. They would call “Gloria in excelsis Deo” which means “glory to God in the highest” in Latin. It was how they would spread their holiday message and cheer from points far away to one another. From hillside to valley, the shepherds song must have truly sounded like angels calling to one another in celebration of the birth of Christ for the Christians living in nearby regions.

Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plains And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains

Angels we have heard on high Sweetly, sweetly through the night And the mountains in reply Echoing their brief delight

Gloria, in excelsis Deo Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? What the gladsome tidings be Which inspire your heavenly song?

Gloria, in excelsis Deo Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing, Come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Gloria, in excelsis Deo Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Angels we have heard Angels we have heard on high

Angels we have heard, oh Angels we have heard on high

 

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