Musical Countdown to Christmas: Angels We Have Heard on High
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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