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Christmas Caroling: 

“For he who sings praise, not only sings, but also praises joyfully; for in singing praise, one not only sings, but also loves the one about whom he sings.  Within the praise of one who is confessing is a proclamation, in the song of the lover there is love." -St Augustine, of Hippo; Discourse on Psalm 72:1.  Another Latin Proverb often attributed to Saint Augustine is: “Bis orat qui bene cantat” (“[The one] who sings well prays twice”).

Even now, there are those reading who have begun carol singing practice.  The above quote and proverb stand as encouragement that human efforts in singing, with hearts set on God’s wonder, touch in a mysterious way upon the ineffable Glory of a God beyond counting and dimension.  You may consider your singing of carols as an exercise deserving lackluster praise.  Yet, take note of Augustine’s sentiments and words.  Music and singing possess a life of their own, and those who engage with it, engage with one of God’s great beauties; thus being transformed.  Consider that even the Angels sing in joy eternal.  Your efforts singing carols rehearsed or as those of a fledgling, will raise your spirits and the spirits of those listening this Advent and Christmas season.

As you sing and enjoy the singing of the season, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)


Rev Stephen McCann

The Rectory
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Co. Cork

Tel. (028) 37117


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