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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Chanton Noel!

Here is a cyber Christmas gift for you today: the French Renaissance carol, Chanton Noel, sung by the Boston Camerata. A group of Long Island high school students translated the verses for us - particularly challenging as some of the words are a very old French no longer in use.

The photographs try to give some visual expression to the verses; a list below identifies each in some way. The last picture is timely. I imagine the evil one was pleased when the Coptic Christians had to flee the ISIS terror and wound up languishing far from home in the enormous refugee camp at Calais, France where they had no chapel for Christmas. But one spiritually sturdy and resourceful soul recycled sufficient material from the garbage and built the chapel we see here - which weakened Satan's hand. During the Christmastime we might listen to the joy-bearing carol again and even again, and contemplate the happy pictures.

I send a blessing for a Happy Christmas to you and all your family. And I thank you for allowing me entre to your lives through these posts this past year. Christ is Born! Glorify him!

  • A Coptic (Egyptian) icon ~ The Visit of the Magi
  • Buddhist Children Singing Christmas Carols
  • Giotto: Shepherds and Angels
  • Little Church in the Mountains of Tirol, Italy
  • Cimabue ~ Virgin Mary and Child with Angels and St. Francis
  • The Christmas Truce ~ 1941
  • Spanish Nativity with Courteous Shepherds
  • Holy Father, Pope Francis, Paying a Christmas Visit
  • Rubens ~ Adoration of the Shepherds
  • Refugee Camp ~ Calais, France ~ Coptic Church made of    garbage


  1. Fr. Stephen, I love your little videos which enrich your posts and expose us to hymns and prayers that might otherwise be unknown to us. I especially like this one and one you did with the Nativity icon. I cannot find it, although I can find several posts that break down the icon into its individual components, I cannot find it with the song. Can you point me to it so I can bookmark it for the future? Thank you Father.

  2. Hmmmmm. I can't think of it right off the top of my head. I'll have to do my own research tomorrow. Check back here over the next couple of days if you're able and I'll see what I can find.

    1. Maybe this is what you're remembering: 12/24/14 - It's the liturgical hymn sung for the Feast of the Nativity. The English words are under the icon. The singer is DIVNA. It is very beautiful.

    2. Yes, that is the one I was looking for. Thank you!

  3. I love this little hymn. The pictures tell the story. I am so glad you put this on Evangelists Monthly. A gem. I have been following your posts all month!