Musical Countdown to Christmas: Angels We Have Heard on High

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Thanks for following along with this musical countdown to Christmas. If you missed Day 1, you can find it here.

Who was James Chadwick?

  • Born at Drogheda, Ireland on April 24, 1813
  • Third son of of John Chadwick and Francis Dromgoole
  • Ordained as Priest on December 17, 1836
  • The Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle

The Story of Angels We Have Heard on High

  • Originally a French carol known as the Angel’s Hymn (author unknown)
  • The lyrics depict the story of Christ’s birth as told in the Gospel of Luke
  • In A.D. 129, a Bishop of Rome proclaimed that everyone should sing this “Angel’s Hymn”
  • People believe this is the first ever Christmas hymn of the church
  • James Chadwick translated the Angel’s Hymn into English in 1862

Historical Context of the Song

  • The first petroleum shipment from the United States arrived in England
  • Julia Howe published the Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • Civil War in the United States

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