These songs written by poets and composers are a special element God added to the beautiful mosaic that is Christ’s birth. As I study the origin and author of various carols, I am amazed at how God, who sent Jesus to us in a manger, also gave gifts to us in these carols.
In John Henry Hopkins we have the man who wrote “We Three Kings”. He was a preacher who preferred writing to pulpit work,…so in the 1800’s he wrote this beautiful carol as a gift to his nieces and nephews. In Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure we have the writer of the lyrics of “O Holy Night”. This poet, in 1847, wrote this carol at the request of his local parish priest. For a season, French church leaders tried to squelch this carol…..but God used an American publicist to find it, and allow it circulation for all to hear. I believe God planned these for us.
Each Carol is a wonderful blend of poetry and scripture, with melodies that we treasure for life, each announcing a different aspect of the history of Jesus’ birth in the gospel of Matthew and Luke. Let’s pass over Santa Baby, and worship Jesus,….the blessed Babe from heaven.