Did you ever stop to think about the hundreds of songs that have been written about the birth of Jesus? Every language and culture has made its contribution, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, but David and Barbara Leeman have collected the brightest and the best of them in a lovely volume that’s just right for the delightful combination of singing and pondering that have been part of my family’s Christmas tradition for a couple of decades.
Beginning on November 25, Hosanna in Excelsis: Hymns and Devotions for the Christmas Season offers forty three readings and Christmas hymns to take you through Advent, Christmastide, and into Epiphany and the New Year! Brief biographies of the authors and composers accompany each devotional reading, but the point is to get you and your family to sing your Christmas joy in the tradition of believers from the fourth century through today.
Perfect for gift giving or as an addition to your own Advent traditions, Hosanna in Excelsis will be a fresh infusion of joy to our first empty nest Christmas, and as Tucker the lazy St. Bernard adds his howling descant to our singing, we’ll nod in agreement with poet, Robert Herrick:
What sweeter music can we bring
Than a carol for to sing
The birth of this our heavenly King?
Robert Herrick (1591-1674)