Singing Our Faith in the Great Hymns of Advent and Christmas

Music shapes belief. It has often been said that Christians learn more of their working theology from the hymns they sing than from all their catechisms, Sunday school classes or adult education groups. In these sessions we toured some of the great hymns of Advent and Christmas, surveying background on each hymn, listening to a recording of the hymn, focusing on the words, lyrics and poetry and how they express the foundations of our Christian hope.

Presentations were by David Monyak.

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O Come Emmanuel. A Musical Tour of Daily Readings for Advent and Christmas, Giles, Gordon. Paraclete Press, 2006.