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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Welcome All Wonders

Many years ago, I had the privilege of working under the baton of Richard Wayne Dirksen at the Washington National Cathedral. Below is one of his choral pieces, a glorious celebration of the birth of Christ the Lord. Ever since I obtained a recording of "Welcome All Wonders," I never let a Christmas go by without listening to this glorious musical celebration of the birth of Christ the Lord:

Welcome all wonders in one sight! Eternity shut in a span.
Summer in winter, day in night, heaven in earth, and God in man,
That He, the old Eternal Word, should be a Child and weep.
Each of us his lamb will bring, each his pair of silver doves,
Till burnt at last in fire of thy fair eyes, ourselves become our own best sacrifice.
Welcome all wonders in one sight!

(Thanks, Stogie, for the Christmas graphic of Amber, Mysti, and Cameo)


  1. A merry Christmas to you. We did the messiah at our church, and there is nothing better than singing in a choir.

  2. Merry Christmas to you and the Mr., and all the kitties, too!

  3. Merry Christmas to you and Mr AOW.

    I hope the cats aren't having too much fun with the decorations. ;-)

  4. I love your cats, AOW!

    All are more than welcome to share the wealth at my bog today:

    To help celebrate this Christmas Season we have posted a series of examples of the finest performances we could find of sacred music composed especially for the Christmas Season at FreeThinke's blog.

    Starting yesterday after first posting the original television broadcast of Amahl and the Night Visitors in its entirety, we offer splendid performances of the following:

    O Holy Night


    I Wonder As I Wander


    Il est ne, le divin enfant


    For Unto Us A Child Is Born


    O Magnum Mysterium


    Rejoice , O Daughter of Zion


    Ding Dong Merrily on High


    Christmas Day, a Choral Fantasy


    Please feel free to wander back and forth through these individual selections, and enjoy them in no particular order, as ~ or if ~ the mood strikes. They'll be here all Christmas week and beyond.

    You don't even have to be a Christian to enjoy these sublime works of musical art. ;-)

    Merry Christmas!!!

    ~ FreeThinke

  5. Merry Christmas to you both, peace love and happiness.


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