Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Advent Day 21


The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown.
Oh, the rising of the sun and the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a blossom as white as lily flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to be our sweet saviour
Oh, the rising of the sun and the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a berry as red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to do poor sinners good.
Oh, the rising of the sun and the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a prickle as sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ on Christmas Day in the morn.
Oh, the rising of the sun and the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a bark as bitter as any gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ for to redeem us all.
Oh, the rising of the sun and the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir.
~Cecil Sharp

Holly

Reading: According to tradition, holly was used to make the crown of thorns on Christ's head. At one time, the berries were white, but they were stained red by the blood of Christ. Today we display holly because of pointy leaves symbolizing Christ's crown and the red berries of the blood shed for our salvation.



This is one of my favorite Christmas carols and this choir does it so well!

~ My Lord, thank you for the beauty of this earth, the talent to write of it, and the voices to sing. ~

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