Did you know that Christmas is a season of twelve days and not just a one-day event?

Today, Jan 4, is the tenth day of Christmas, which means you can continue to celebrate Christmastide.

I’ve asked our amazing church staff to share their favorite Christmas carol, hymn, or song during this time. Today, Joe Jaynes, our Youth Director, shares his thoughts on his favorite song:

Hymn #48 – Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung! | Of Jesse’s lineage coming as men of old have sung. | It came, a flower bright, amid the cold of winter | When half-gone was the night.

When I hear “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” sung unaccompanied, I imagine a small band of believers raising their voices in a shadowy cathedral. It’s only 2 verses long. But despite its simple text, the harmonies and chant-like rhythms lift my spirit heavenward. I love the way the voices intertwine, weaving back and forth as each line trades the melody and carries us along.


You can watch and listen to a beautiful version of this song by the Cambridge Singers on YouTube: