Best Christmas carol ever?
Which was the first Christmas Carol?
From the Bible, we know for sure it was the “Glory” song of the angels the shepherds heard. Would there be anything better than what angelic super-intelligence could create?
Well, probably the lullabies of Virgin Mary and Joseph would have been the first carols. Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort wrote in his recommended Treatise on the true devotion to the Blessed Virgin, that the merits of Mary while sewing surpassed all the graces won by all martyrs in all history… imagine then singing to baby Jesus.
As the Marian apparition of Porzus teaches, what matters most in the economy of salvation is the love and faith we put in everything we do.
Now, anyone can have their favorite carols. Most probably, the one which is most well-known accross nations and ages is Adeste Fideles ("O Come, All Ye Faithful"), possibly by St. Bonaventure. It was sung at the Portuguese Legation in London as early as 1797. The most popular musical setting was ascribed by Vincent Novello, organist there, to John Reading, who was organist at Winchester Cathedral from 1675-81.
St. Alphonsus Marie Liguori, Doctor of the Church, author of one of the most wonderful books about Mary (The glories of Mary), also composed a beautiful carol translated in several languages: “Tu scendi dalle stelle”, You come down from the stars, or Quanno nascette Ninno (in Napolitan original).
Listen to the music:
Whatever your musical taste, just pick up any carol and join Christendom happily singing during Christmas liturgical season, which extends until January 13 (Baptism of Our Lord by John the Baptist).
Merry Christ Mass!