047 Christmastide Special: Favorite Christmas Hymns

David and Ian talk about their favorite Christmas hymns.

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David's top five Christmas Hymns

5. Hymn 98: Unto us a boy is born - recording of a slightly different translation from King's
4. Hymn 92: On this day earth shall ring
3. Hymn 78: O little town of Bethlehem (Forest Green)
2. Hymn 115: What child is this, who, laid to rest
1. Hymn 105: God rest you merry, gentlemen (recording with Willcocks descant)

Ian's top five Christmas Hymns

5. Hymn 105: God rest you merry, gentlemen
4. Hymn 100: Joy to the world! the Lord is come
3. Hymn 83: O come, all ye faithful
2. Hymn 87: Hark! the herald angels sing (originally "welkin")
1. Hymn 96: Angels we have heard on high

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  1. “Hark! The herald angels” is ALWAYS my #1!😊 And I’m quite fond of “Of the Father’s love begotten” (which was #20 in Hymnal 1940; is it in 1982?)

  2. The one I always hope to get a chance to sing is "Of the Father's love begotten," but my current parish's music director always assigns it to the choir and denies the congregation the chance.


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