Happy Christmas! As Christmas falls on Sunday…we’re having a carol moment. So as I used to hear them at Mass on Christmas morning…
O Come All Ye Faithful or Adeste Fideles
Always the first hymn at Mass on Christmas Morning Mass.
Once In Royal David’s City
(because I love it and as a Christian child, I don’t think I was ever ‘mild, obedient or as good as He!)
Away In A Manger
Because it makes my Mum cry and was generally the communion hymn followed by…
My Grandad used to complain that the words were wrong, but Salvation Army words or Catholic words..it’s still beautiful..
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Always the last song for Christmas Mass. I spent several years as an altar server and for 5 or so years (12 to 17) did both Midnight Mass and the 10.30am Christmas Morning Mass. I heard this hymn a lot and the last verse is just beautiful:
Hail! the heav’n-born Prince of peace!
Hail! the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die:
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”