O Come Emmanuel: Daily Reflections on Hymns and Carols for Advent and Christmas  -     By: Gordon Giles
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O Come Emmanuel: Daily Reflections on Hymns and Carols for Advent and Christmas

Paraclete Press / 2006 / Paperback

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Make Christmas special this year by exploring the legends, message, and theology behind some of your favorite carols and hymns. This book of daily devotions will take you from December 1 to January 6, from the first days of Advent, through Christmas, ending at Epiphany. Each day, Gordon Giles invites you to draw closer to God through spiritual and historical explorations of beloved, familiar music.

As you read and reflect, you will be asked to consider the meaning of some of the famous Christmas carols that we sometimes sing without a passing thought. You will be introduced to obscure saints as well as living poets and musicians of faith, and you will hear the timeless truths of love and forgiveness, pain and loss, darkness and light.

"If, like me, you have always been confused by the imagery of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas,' you will find this book both compelling and illuminating. Gordon Giles has selected a kaleidoscopic mixture of musical settings of scripture, hymns and carols, from Gibbons to Taize, Plainchant to Kendrick, via Bach, Berlioz, Vaughan Williams, Menotti and many others. He writes with engaging insight and perception, providing us with material for reflection, prayer and meditation."John Scott, Organist and Director of Music, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 120
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1557255156
ISBN-13: 9781557255150
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Make Christmas special this year by exploring the legends, message, and theology behind some of your favorite carols and hymns. This book of daily devotions will take you from December 1 to January 6, from the first days of Advent, through Christmas, ending at Epiphany. Each day, Gordon Giles invites you to draw closer to God through spiritual and historical explorations of beloved, familiar music.


 

As you read and reflect, you will be asked to consider the meaning of some of the famous Christmas carols that we sometimes sing without a passing thought. You will be introduced to obscure saints as well as living poets and musicians of faith, and you will hear the timeless truths of love and forgiveness, pain and loss, darkness and light.

 

 "If, like me, you have always been confused by the imagery of ’The Twelve Days of Christmas,’ you will find this book both compelling and illuminating. Gordon Giles has selected a kaleidoscopic mixture of musical settings of scripture, hymns and carols, from Gibbons to Taizé, Plainchant to Kendrick, via Bach, Berlioz, Vaughan Williams, Menotti and many others. He writes with engaging insight and perception, providing us with material for reflection, prayer and meditation."

—John Scott, Organist and Director of Music, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City

Editorial Reviews

If you've ever wondered about the origins of a favorite Christmas carol, you'll enjoy this book, subtitled "A Musical Tour of Daily Readings for Advent and Christmas."
Like most devotionals, the book offers daily readings and meditations. It goes from the beginning of December to the Feast of the Epiphany on Jan. 6. The centerpiece of each day's reading, however, is an exploration of the history and spiritual significance of a beloved piece of Christmas music.
Many songs will be familiar ("Hark, the Herald Angels Sing," "Good King Wenceslas"), but readers will also discover unfamiliar treasures, such as a translation of the words of the "Christus Vincit," an 11th-century chant.
The book also offers an explanation for "The Twelve Days of Christmas." The pear tree may symbolize the cross, for example, and the partridge Christ's sacrifice - the bird is known for protecting its young. The song, published in 1780, was primarily "a singing game in which anyone who forgot a verse had to pay some kind of forfeit, such as kissing someone or performing some absurd action." Mary A. Jacobs Dallas Morning News December 2, 2006


O Come Emmanuel: A Musical Tour of Daily Readings for Advent and Christmas" by Gordon Giles is a handy spiritual book for the holidays. This pretty paperback of 165 pages contains song lyrics and poems, a reading and a prayer for each day from Dec. 1 to Jan. 6. It's bound to add to the reader's appreciation for the holy days, and you can keep it and read it with the family every year, finding something new each Christmas season.
Record-Courier November 28, 2006

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