Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming!

Listening to 24-hours of Christmas music on the radio this month has probably made you realize one thing: the classic Christmas hymns have much more depth than “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (no offense, Mariah). Did you realize, however, that most, if not all, of these classic carols were not written simply to…

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

This beautiful “Christmas” hymn is based on a prophecy in Isaiah 11:1-2 that Jesus will be from the root—the family line—of Jesse, King David’s father. The title is “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” and it was written in 15th century Germany and was translated to English by Theodore Baker in 1894. Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath…

A Beautiful Rose from a Rotten Tree

Everyone has a beloved Christmas hymn–I mean the classic, Christmas songs about “baby Jesus.” Even if you aren’t a devoted Christian, you have found yourself happily singing “Joy to the World” or “O Holy Night” because of the rapturous power in these songs. Christmas carols and hymns like these often drip with deeper theological meaning…

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

By Isaac Watts, 1707 When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, Save in the death of Christ my God! All the vain things that charm me most, I…

“Once for All (Free from the Law)”

By Philip Bliss (1873) Free from the law, O happy condition, Jesus has bled and there is remission, Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall, Grace hath redeemed us once for all. Chorus Once for all, O sinner, receive it, Once for all, O brother, believe it; Cling to the cross, the burden…

I Heard the Bells

This famous Christmas carol was based on the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  He penned these verses on Christmas Day 1863, when he found out that his son had been wounded in the Battle of New Hope Church during the American Civil War. I Heard the Bells Written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Performed by Jars…