10th Day of Christmas: Christmas Eve by Tansy Davies

For the tenth day of Christmas, here’s Tansy Davies’s setting of Christmas Eve by Christina Rossetti.

Christmas hath a darkness
Brighter than the blazing noon,
Christmas hath a chillness
Warmer than the heat of June,
Christmas hath a beauty
Lovelier than the world can show:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus,
Brought for us so low.

Earth, strike up your music,
Birds that sing and bells that ring;
Heaven hath answring music
For all Angels soon to sing:
Earth, put on your whitest
Bridal robe of spotless snow:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus,
Brought for us so low.

[Listen to Christmas Eve on Youtube]

A printable download is available for purchase from Faber and Faber.

8th Day of Christmas: Ring Out, Wild Bells, by Rachel Devore Fogarty

Ring out the old, ring in the new, here’s something energetic for the New Year by Rachel Devore Fogarty:

[Listen to ‘Ring Out, Wild Bells’ on Soundcloud]

Sheet music available for purchase from MusicSpoke

If you’re the resolution-making (and keeping!) type, and involved in church music, are you resolving to include more music by women in your worship? To encourage, support or champion women in church music in some other way? I’d love to know the details.

5th Day of Christmas: Lullaby for the Christ Child, Ruth Watson Henderson

For the fifth day of Christmas, here’s Lullaby for the Christ Child by Ruth Watson Henderson:

[Listen to Lullaby for the Christ Child on YouTube]

The music is available from Good Music Publishing for unison voices; the Canadian Music Centre says the work is for “children’s choir (unison with descant), or for soprano solo, with piano or organ accompaniment, and optional adult choir SATB.”

Music for Sunday 31st December: Christmas 1, Year B

This week’s readings are:

Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Psalm 148
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:15-21

It’s very much still Christmas, so any of the music from the Christmas page or from the twelve days of Christmas tags would work well.

It’s also New Year’s Eve; if you wanted to focus on that a bit, “Ring Out, Wild Bells” by Stephanie Martin might well be appropriate. It’s available from Leading Note, but I haven’t been able to find a recording. The words are taken from the poem by Tennyson, but I’m not sure if it’s the complete poem or just part of it.