Sunday, December 27, 2009

On the 3rd Day of Christmas: Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

It was St. John and Mary, Mother of our Lord, at the foot of the cross, to whom Jesus spoke, "Woman, behold your Son ...  Behold your Mother."

In his Gospel John refers to himself as the "beloved disciple" and never speaks of himself by name.

Where Luke's Christmas Story focuses on the virgin birth, John's Christmas Story digs into the Incarnation.  He summarizes the Incarnation in just one sentence:

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

I really like Egil Hovland's setting of this text.

Any mention of John should include the Gospel in a nutshell (John 3:16).

                   For God so loved the world
      that He gave his Only
              begotten Son that who so believeth in Him
            should not Perish
              but have Everlasting

Here it is, sung by and English choir.

Here is a different setting to the same text.

And here it is sung in Mandarin!

The text is set to few other Asian languages as well.
My ear tells me they are different languages.
I could be wrong, though.

And now for Cantonese.

Auf Deutsch von Heinrich Schütz

Folk music en Español

Parlez vous Francais? Oui! Oui!

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