A.M. – Day 19 – Angels We have Heard on High

Today’s Reading: Luke 2:14

When I was a little girl, this song was called Angels from the Realms of Glory or Greater Doxology. but if you ever asked any one – do you know that song? The answer may have been “No, never heard of it”.  If you said – “Do you know that song where you sing  – gloooo-ooooo-oooo-oooo-ria”, they might say “oh yeah, sure!”.  I’m happy that the song is now known as Angels we have heard on High, because I think even that is a bit more recognizable.  Just in case you too were wondering Gloria in excelsis Deo means Glory to God in the highest in Latin.  I first noticed how this group was sitting, and was pleasantly surprised by what they sounded like!

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teSuDu84kMc

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

See Him in a manger laid
Jesus Lord of heaven and earth;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
With us sing our Savior’s birth.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

If you want to know a bit more about the many version of this song and how it too was not written as a Christmas carol but a shrewd Bishop, knew that it would be received better as such click  HERE.

The following rendition is as simple as you can get with 1000 voices.

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