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Thursday, 24 December 2009

Christmas Angels

'Angels' in Greek mean 'Messengers' The Angel Gabriel gave Mary the message that She was to bear a child. It is said we all have a Guardian Angel. We place an Angel on top of our Christmas tree. According to the New Testament, when people are sorry for their sins, the Angels rejoice. Angels voices filled the skies on the night of Jesus birth.

Angels We Have Heard On HighThe words of this song are based on a traditional French carol known as Les Anges dans nos campagnes (literally, "Angels in our countryside"). Its most common English version was translated in 1862 by James Chadwick.

This recording is from Carols by Candlelight. Every Christmas Eve since around 1955, in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl here in Melbourne, the carols have been performed and proceeds go to the RVIB. (Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind.) And every Christmas Eve, hundreds of people have their television stations tuned to channel 9 watching this wonderful performance.

Just to add, this recording has the best version of "Angels We Have Heard On High". The singer is Mariah Carey and this song has sort of become her "signature" piece at the carols. Thousands of people sit on chairs, and on the grass, holding a lighted candle, waving them around for two or three hours every Christmas Eve.
Christmas Blessings.
God bless.

9 comments:

J Bar said...

A very Christmas post. Hope your Christmas is great.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

I like to see Angels dressed in white. Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!

Davine said...

Glad I found your blog - you have shown me things in my own city that I didn't know. Wishing you and yours a great Christmas and a happy and healthy 2010.

brattcat said...

Angels take so many forms. We meet them every day. They don't always look like the ones you've portrayed here, often they don't resemble these at all on the surface, but they are with us. Have a joyful holiday!

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello dear friend!
Beautiful and delicate composition!
I agree with Brattcat, angels are always with us!
Merry Christmas!
Léia & Cezar

Small City Scenes said...

Very beautiful and touching.

Happiness to you and yours through this Christmas season and much joy in the New Year. MB

Leif Hagen said...

Lovely angels! "Angels we have heard on high" is one of my favorite Christmas carols!
Merry Christmas to you and yours as we celebrate the true reason for the season!

Leif Hagen said...

Lovely angels! "Angels we have heard on high" is one of my favorite Christmas carols!
Merry Christmas to you and yours as we celebrate the true reason for the season!

AB said...

Wishing you all the best on Christmas Day.

Melbourne Daily Photo

Hello, I created this blog because Melbourne is my city and I want people to see what a beautiful place it is. So come with me on a journey of discovery as we traverse the dining precincts, the culture, the laneways and hidden gems that make Melbourne marvellous.