The First Christmas Carol

Christmas carols are so wonderful, some radio stations start playing them in November!

Hi, this is Fr. Rocky with another Advent Inspiration.

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Do you know what the first Christmas Carol was?  It was “Gloria in excelsis Deo” – Glory to God in the highest! – sung by the choir of angels the night our Savior was born. Can you imagine what that was like? What a performance! And we’re all going to sing it at Mass this Christmas. It’s also sung at the beginning of wedding Masses, because it’s a song of joy. Best of all, it’s not copyrighted so we can sing it on air without getting anyone’s permission or paying licensing fees. Come on, let’s sing the last line right now.

Gloria … in excelsis Deo!

Gloria … in excelsis Deo!

(I can see you smiling!)


Thanks for joining us on this journey. If you have missed a previous Advent Inspiration, you can find all of them here.

Right now, on the Relevant Radio App, you can find our “Christmas in Song” playlist, a compilation of all the music that will be played on Relevant Radio over Christmas. Simply open the app and tap the “Christmas in Song” banner!

Christmas carol
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Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, "Fr. Rocky" is the Executive Director/CEO of Relevant Radio and a priest of Opus Dei.