Twelve Days Of Christmas

Posted on December 9, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I love these postings of Christmas carols rendered in a beautiful manner. Thank you.

    The English martyr for the Faith, Robert Southwell, a Jesuit, wrote a beautiful poem called “The Burning Babe”. It was put to music and is sung by the musician known as Sting. It moves me to tears. I wonder if it is available publicly. If so, I’m sure readers would be awed by it. Here are the words:

    As I on hoary winters night stood shivering in the snow,
    Surprised I was with sudden heat which made my heart to glow;
    And lifting up a fearful eye to view what fire was near,
    A pretty babe all burning bright did in the air appear.

    Who, scorched with excessive heat, such floods of tears did shed
    As though his floods should quench His flames which with His tears were fed.
    Alas, quoth He, but newly born in fiery heats I fry,
    Yet none approach to warm their hearts or feel their fire but I!

    My faultless breast the furnace is, the fuel, wounding thorns,
    Love is the fire and sighs the smoke, the ashes shame and scorns;
    The fuel justice layeth on and mercy blows the coals,
    The metal in this furnace wrought are men’s defiled souls,

    For which, as now on fire I am to work them to their good,
    So will I melt into a bath to wash them in my blood.
    With this he vanished out of sight and swiftly shrunk away,
    And straight I called unto mind that it was Christmas Day.

  2. I found the aforementioned song on You Tube. Might mention that Sting’s version of Lo, How Fair a Rose E’re Blooming is sublime–tender and sweet. That’s on You Tube as well. Worth a listen, M.

  3. O Holy Night sung beautifully by many is the definitive Christmas song.

  4. One last recommendation: If you can find the Paul Warland Singers doing Gabriel’s Message that will blow your socks off, M.

  5. Akita, I bought Sting’s Christmas CD a few years ago: If On a Winter’s Night. I love the way he put The Burning Babe to music! I believe Fr. Southwell wrote it while in prison, awaiting his execution.
    Lo, Hdow a Rose E’re Blooming is also on that CD, as is Gabriel’s Message.

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