This is a different sort of post -- and I'm hoping for some good feedback.
Looking back over the recently concluded Christmas season, I was struck once again that, despite the differences which grieve the Body of Christ, the Christmas music we all enjoy is a beautiful example of ecumenism in the best sense of the word. Note, if you will, the background behind some of our most beloved carols.
Joy To The World -- text by the English Nonconformist Isaac Watts; music by the German (presumably Lutheran) GF Handel (who spent much of his life living and working in England).
Silent Night -- text by the German Catholic priest Josef Mohr; music by German Catholic Franz Gruber.
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing -- text by the Anglican Methodist Charles Wesley; music by the Jewish convert to Protestant Christianity Felix Mendelssoln.
O Little Town Of Bethlehem -- text by Episcopalian Bishop Phillips Brooks
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear -- text by Unitarian! clergyman Edmund Sears
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen -- traditional Church of England
Perhaps we are sometimes more united in song than in prayer!
Please feel free to add your favorite Christmas music (and its history/background) to this list.
Labels: Christian Unity, Christianity, Hymns, Personal