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Melissa Rose

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Life is crazy right now. And I'll be honest, I'll be glad when this contest is done on the 10th (it's been fun but I haven't done half the things I wanted to have you guys do mainly because of time constraints) and I can just get back to idly blogging about stuff for a while. :-D

It's Christmas.

I work in Retail.

Nuff Said.

However, for the last two days I'm going to have one final assignment which is not book related. Well it is and it isn't.

Stories,  songs,  and history hidden in tunes all factor into Sharon Hinck's  The Restorer series.  The interesting thing is that our world too has a vast and relatively unknown history behind the hymns and worship songs sung today. It's amazing the stories you uncover when you scratch the surface of a hymn. I was blown  away by the story behind the Christmas Song "Good King Wenceslas" and I think you will be too. That's something to share after this contest though, when I have a moment to breath.

Right! Your assignment is this:

 Pick a hymn, praise and worship song, or Christmas carol. Then use the internet or books to find out the history behind it, and post the most fascinating thing that you find here in the comments.

This can be done more than once.

However, if two people pick the same hymn/worship song/ Christmas carol, the one that posts their findings first, gets credit.

Also in the post, provide a link back to where you found the information or the book that you took the information from.

For internet research on something, I'm going to ask for three links--and yes the wiki counts. For books, just one will be fine.

That's all. Have fun!

Oh wait.


I mentioned points, didn't I?

1000 points for each hymn/praise and worship song/ Christmas carol that you find the history of and share with the rest of us.

Two days.

48 hours.

This is going to be interesting. ;)


Millardthemk said...


If millard actually kicks into gear today, this would be an awesome learning/point thing.

Great Job scribe once again!


Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

Carol of the Bells
This song was based on a chant whose launguage was thought to have magical powers

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

This song was mentioned in "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens,_Gentlemen

Chris said...

The Twelve days of Christmas:
1. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus.
2. The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments.
3. Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.
4. The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
5. The five gold rings recall the Hebrew Torah (Law), or the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament.
6. The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.
7. The seven swans a-swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
8. The eight maids a-milking are the eight Beatitudes.
9. Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
10. The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
11. Eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful Apostles.
12. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles Creed.

maybe some more later

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

Amazing Grace
The writer of this hyme wrote of personal experience.

Joy to the World
It is believed that the melody for "Joy to the World" was partly based on the work of George Frideric Handel, namely the oratorio Messiah

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

O Come All Ye Faithful

This song is also known as "Adeste Fidelis"

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer
Based on the tale of the ugly duckling

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

Silent Night
Originally written for guitar because the church organ broke

Chris said...

O Holy Night
Declared "unfit for church services" in France

I Wonder as I Wander (John Jacob Niles is credited with saving this song although it's exact origins are not known) and Go Tell it on the Mountain

The First Noel (among the oldest carols, thought to be about 500 years old)

Good King Wenceslas

The carol Good King Wenceslas was originally published in the 16th century in Sweden but was later adapted into the well known children's Christmas song by English hymn writer John Mason Neale (1818 -1866). King Wenceslas did in fact exist and lived from approximately 907 to 935; King Wenceslas is the patron saint of the Czech Republic.

Chris said...

Hark! the herald angels sing
(At least four people brought the now-inviolable hymn to its current form.)

O Little Town of Bethlehem
(a carol of inspiration with words by Phillips Brooks and music by Lewis Redner.)

We Three Kings of Orient Are
(the carol was instrumental in organizing an elaborate holiday pageant)

It Came Upon The Midnight Clear (Written by Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810-1876) who was also the pastor of the Unitarian Church in Wayland, Massachusetts.)

abbie said...

Originally titled "One Horse Open Sleigh" was composed for thanks giving.

This was fun!

Chris said...

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
(written in the time of the Civil War)

O Come, O Come Emanuel
("O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" is an Advent hymn with Christian Latin tune name "Veni Emmanuel" (Come God with Us.) Its history originates in the medieval Roman Catholic Church, c.12th century. It was translated into English by John Mason Neale)

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

We Three Kings

The writer of this song made stained glass windows

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

What Child is This?Based on Greensleeves

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

Away in a Manger

The writing of this song has been credited to Martin Luthar

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

Good Christian Men Rejoice

The original lyrics were a combination of both Latin and German

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

Once in Royal David's City

This song was originally a poem's_City_composed&src=ansTT's_city.htm

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

A poem set to the final movement of Beethoven's final symphony,_Joyful_We_Adore_Thee,_Joyful_We_Adore_Thee_(Ludwig_van_Beethoven)

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

How Great Thou Art

First published in a weekly newspaper

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Based on Lamentations 3:22-23

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

When I Survay the Wonderous Cross

One of the first hymes in the English-launguage to use the word "I" and to focus directly on personal religious experience

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

The Old Rugged Cross

The writer of this hyme was a native of Ohio

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

For the Beauty of the Earth

The writer of this hyme was 29 years of age when he wrote it

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

Room at the Cross for You

Was originally written on many scraps of paper

abbie said...

How Great Thou Art:
Mr. Boberg was enjoying a nice walk when a thunderstorm suddenly appeared out of no where. A severe wind began to blow. After the storm was over, Mr. Boberg looked out over the clear bay. He then heard a church bell in the distance. And the words to How Great Thou Art begin to form in his heart.

I Saw Three Ships:
In the original version of the carol, the Three Ships were the ones taking the supposed skulls of the wise men to Cologne cathedral in Germany.

What Child Is This:
there have been more than twenty different known lyrics associated with it throughout history.

It Is Well With My Soul:
the man who wrote the song had lost his son and four daughters, the son to sickness, and the daughters drowned. "When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul."

Great Is Thy Faithfulness:
It was not until 1945 when George Beverly Shea began to sing Great is Thy Faithfulness at the Billy Graham evangelistic crusades, that the hymn was heard around the world.

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

Just as I am

The writer wrote this sitting under a tree

abbie said...

Blessed Assurence:
Wrtten by Fanny Crosby who was blind.

abbie said...

How Firm a Foundation:
President Andrew Jackson requested it to be sung at his bedside shortly before he died.

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

leaning on the Everlasting Arms

Sung in the movie "The Human Comedy"

abbie said...

lyrics speak specifically on the Trinity.,_Holy,_Holy,-holy,-holy,-lord-god-almighty-the-song-and-the-story.html

Barie-ah Hue-en-la said...

I Surrender All

Was written as the author was on the verge of making a huge decision

abbie said...

writtem by isaac watts.

abbie said...

All Creatures Of Our God and King:
In 1225, a devoted Italian monk named Francis of Assisi wrote the lyrics for “All Creatures Of Our God and King."

abbie said...

o come, o come emanual:
is an Advent hymn with Christian Latin tune name "Veni Emmanuel" (Come God with Us.),_O_come,_Emmanuel

abbie said...

All Things Bright and Beautiful:
is a children's hymn written by Cecil Frances Humphreys-Alexander.

abbie said...

The words of the song are based on a traditional French carol known as Les Anges dans nos campagnes.

abbie said...

The text had been a part of Irish monastic tradition for centuries before its setting to the tune.

abbie said...

On Frances Ridley Havergal tombstone at Astley,Worcestershire, is engraved her favorite text,
"The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1:7

abbie said...

originally entitled "Hymn for Easter Day"

abbie said...

come thou fount of every blessing:
the hymn is usually set to an American folk tune known as Nettleton.

abbie said...

Crown Him with Many Crowns:
Based on the verse, Revelation 19:12, Matthew Bridges, in 1851,
wrote the hymn.original title was "The Song of the Seraphs."

abbie said...

Elisha Hoffman the writer of this song wrote over two thousand Gospel songs.

hmmm..... couldn't find one more.

abbie said...

Onward, Christan Soldiers:
the music was composed by Arthur Sullivan in 1871. Sullivan named the tune "St. Gertrude," after the wife of his friend Ernest Clay Ker Seymer, at whose country home he composed the tune.,_Christian_Soldiers,%20Christian%20Soldiers.pdf

abbie said...

Talk­ing with a friend about the near­ness of God, as the sun was set­ting and even­ing sha­dows were ga­ther­ing around them. The subject so imp­ressed the well-known hymn-writer(fanny crosby), that be­fore re­tir­ing she had writ­ten the words to this hymn.

abbie said...

Fairest Lord Jesus:
it was called "Crusader's Hymn" because it was sung by German Crusaders as they made their way to the Holy Land.

abbie said...

The composer is unknown; it is often attributed as English traditional.,_gentlemen

abbie said...

Grace Greater Then Our Sins:
written by Julia H. Johnston.

abbie said...

Hallelujah What a Savior:
Written…short­ly before Phil­ip P. Bliss death.

abbie said...

He Leadeth Me:

God's leading grew upon Gilmore that he took out his pencil, wrote the hymn just as it stands today, handed it to his wife, and thought no more of it. Without Gilmore's knowledge, his wife sent it to the Watchman and Reflector magazine, and there it first appeared in print.

abbie said...

Redeemed how I Love to Proclaim it: Mar 5, 1858 - On March 5, 1858, Fanny married Alexander van Alystyne, but wrote hymns using her maiden name and many other pen names. She wrote over 8000 hymns by her own count.

abbie said...

tis so sweet to trust in jesus:
One day Louisa Stead found some food and money had been left for her on her doorstep. The hymn “’Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus” was born from that incident.'Tis_So_Sweet_to_Trust_in_Jesus

Poll Results

What Do You Notice First About A Book?
RESULTS! Closed 11/11/09

My attention's always grabbed by the cover-53%

I look on the spine for the author's name-6%

The thicker books are the one that grab my notice-26%

I open the book up to the middle and burry my nose in the pages, sniffing. Scent is important-0%

I flip the book over, ignore the cover and the spine and get to the book blurb-13%

Pick Your Weapon! RESULTS! Closed-11/03/09

Hand and Half Sword-16%
Long Bow-25%
Pen-25 %

What Kind of Fan Are You? RESULTS! Closed-10/22/09

Shy. I like reading books but I don't want to meet the authors-15%

Avid. I've read everything my favorite author has written!-38%

Curious. I've e-mailed my favorite author or left comments on the blog and asked them questions-38%

What Kind of Word Smith Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/15/09

I focus on setting-22%
I focus on dialogue-22%
I focus on action-22%
I focus on characters-33%

What Kind of Reader Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/07/09

I try and guess where the story is going to go-44%
I read the book and think how I would have written it differently-0%
I race through the story, riding the words like a rollarcoaster-22%
I race through the book and then go back and read my favorite parts again and again-33%

What Kind of Writer Are You? RESULTS!

Character first--1%
Plot First--4%
Balanced Between Plot and Character--5%
All Over The Place--5%

So All Over The Place and Balanced Between Plot and Character tie for the win! All I can say is that there must be some wicked stories out there. I can't wait to read them!

Scribe is Listening to:


Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian Sound Track.

Books on CD: The Moving Finger Read by Martin Jarvis. Original story by: Agatha Christie

Scribe is Reading:

I am? COOL!

I'm apparently referring to myself in the third person too. Go figure.


Nightmare's Edge by: Bryan Davis

The Invention of Hugo Cabert (Caldecott Book) by: Brian Selzinck-FINISHED. Mind blowing! Every storyteller should read this book.

FEARLESS by: Max Lucado-FINISHED. Excellent!

NLT Chronological 24/7 Bible paperback
NASB Online at Bible Gateway


Psalm 49

Psalm 49
A Psalm of Repentance

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