This is the best of all the Christmas carols. Its poignancy is obscured by its majestic heights. It combines an inspiring arrangement with the somber underpinning of Christmas . . . that no matter how welcoming and warm Christ's birth makes us feel, the Truth is that He was born to suffer and die for our redemption. The wood of the crib is the wood of the Cross. Not fun to think about as you indulge in opening presents and gulping down egg nog. But combine the message and the music with the great Ella Fitzgerald's voice and this rendition of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is as wonderful to the ear as any earthly sound.

Listen to, and ponder, the lyrics and what His birth really means. On behalf of the Family Foundation of Virginia, have a merry, safe, joyous and Holy Christmas.

Hark the herald angels sing

"Glory to the newborn King!

Peace on earth and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled"

Joyful, all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

With the angelic host proclaim:

"Christ is born in Bethlehem"

Hark! The herald angels sing

"Glory to the newborn King!"

 

Christ by highest heav'n adored

Christ the everlasting Lord!

Late in time behold Him come

Offspring of a Virgin's womb

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see

Hail the incarnate Deity

Pleased as man with man to dwell

Jesus, our Emmanuel

Hark! The herald angels sing

"Glory to the newborn King!"

 

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!

Hail the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all He brings

Ris'n with healing in His wings

Mild He lays His glory by

Born that man no more may die

Born to raise the sons of earth

Born to give them second birth

Hark! The herald angels sing

"Glory to the newborn King!"