Today’s Christmacious song is the lovely carol It Came Upon A Midnight Clear. This song was written in 1849 by Edmund Sears, pastor of the Unitarian Church in Wayland, Massachusetts. At the time there was news of revolution in Europe and the recent US war with Mexico meant that Sears saw the world full of “sin and strife”, unable to see the Christmas message. I’ve always particularly enjoyed Ella Fitzgerald’s version of this song, and I hope you enjoy my version!
Today’s festive song is Once In Royal David’s City. This was originally written as a poem in 1848 by Cecil Humphreys (who also wrote All Things Bright And Beautiful) in her Hymnbook For Little Children. The English organist John Gauntlett discovered the poem and set it to music. Once In Royal David’s City has been used as the opening hymn at the King’s College Chapel Cambridge Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Christmas Eve service since 1919.