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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Royal College of Music Chamber Choir with Aled Jones - "O Little Town of Bethlehem"

This hymn was written by Phillips Brooks, an Episcopal priest and rector of Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia. He was inspired by an 1865 visit to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, where he as­sist­ed with the mid­night ser­vice:

"I re­mem­ber stand­ing in the old church in Beth­le­hem, close to the spot where Je­sus was born, when the whole church was ring­ing hour after hour with splen­did hymns of praise to God, how again and again it seemed as if I could hear voic­es I knew well, tell­ing each other of the Won­der­ful Night of the Sav­ior’s birth."

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