It is a bit of a joke in our family about how early in the fall season is appropriate to play Christmas music. Celebrating with songs is one of my favorite ways to worship God. I especially enjoy hymns.
Many hymns have a rich history and reflect a deep reverence for God. They are specifically written for the purpose of adoration or prayer. Angels We Have Heard On High has become one of my favorite.
The English version most people are familiar with was inspired by a French carol The Angels of Our Countryside. The well-known chorus Gloria in Excelsis Deo is Latin for Glory to God in the highest.
I have a fond family memory from a Christmas eve service when one of my boys was much younger. Singing loudly and clearly the chorus of Gloria in Excelsis Deo, he belted out Gloria hear me shout hurray-o. He had no idea his words were different from those singing around him. He knew the song was about angels announcing to the shepherds the birth of Jesus. He sang with all his heart as if he were one of those shepherds shouting hurray to news of the newborn King.
My Christmas music started playing especially early this year. It is wonderful to celebrate in song the birth of the Savior. It is the perfect season to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, and to shout hurray-o.