A beautiful Irish Christmas song set to traditional accompaniment is behind the door of Advent Calendar, Day 14
With carol singers lining up in shopping malls and many Christian schools getting Christmas nativity plays ready for their grand performance in front of proud parents, people all over the world are brushing up on the lyrics to their favorite Christmas carol.
One of our favorites has to be this beautiful Irish Christmas carol, Wexford Carol.
Otherwise known as the Enniscorthy Carol, after the town in Co. Wexford where history tells us it was composed in the 12th century, the lyrics are based on the nativity of Jesus Christ and it is known as a traditional religious Christmas song throughout the country.
You can find the full lyrics to Wexford Carol below the video:
Wexford Carol lyrics
Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending his beloved son
With Mary holy we should pray,
To God with love this Christmas Day
In Bethlehem upon that morn,
There was a blessed Messiah born.
The night before that happy tide,
The noble Virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town.
But mark right well what came to pass
From every door repelled, alas,
As was foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble ox's stall.
Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep
To whom God's angel did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear
Arise and go, the angels said
To Bethlehem, be not afraid
For there you'll find, this happy morn
A princely babe, sweet Jesus, born.
With thankful heart and joyful mind
The shepherds went the babe to find
And as God's angel had foretold
They did our Saviour Christ behold
Within a manger he was laid
And by his side a virgin maid
Attending on the Lord of Life
Who came on earth to end all strife.
There were three wise men from afar
Directed by a glorious star
And on they wandered night and day
Until they came where Jesus lay
And when they came unto that place
Where our beloved Messiah lay
They humbly cast them at his feet
With gifts of gold and incense sweet.
What is your favorite Christmas carol? Let us know what you'll be performing this Christmas Day in the comments section, below.