"Once in Royal David's city..."
As the pure, crystalline voice of one boy soprano rings out from King's College in Cambridge, England singing the traditional opening carol of The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, for millions listening live on the radio worldwide, Christmas has truly begun.
The Festival grew out of a need to bind up the wounds of World War I and has continued every year from 1918 unstopped by war, unrest or even a plandemic. They say that during World War II, listeners to the Festival could hear the tar paper flapping in the wind as the ancient stained glass of the Chapel had been removed for safety during the Blitz.
This year is no different. The Festival continues sans live audience while its Nine Lessons ring as true this year as they have for the past 102 years.
The Festival begins with these beautiful words:
Christmas Eve: It has a checkered history, sometimes a day of peace, sometimes a day of war. On Christmas Eve 1776 the Continental Army was deeply discouraged, having recently lost New York and experienced defeat after defeat at the hands of the British Army.
Nonetheless, while England's hired mercenary army, the Hessians, were still hungover from hoisting a few too many around the Tannenbaum, the Continental Army finally scored a morale boosting victory on December 26th. They took 1,000 German prisoners and valuable supplies.
Word spread like wildfire through the colonies, giving the Americans hope. It was just the morale boost the patriots needed.
But on Christmas Eve 1776, there was peace.
It was a beautiful moment immortalized by the song Christmas in the Trenches sung so poignantly by John McDermott. Hours later, they exchanged gunfire again.
But on Christmas Eve/Day 1914, there was briefly peace.
May the same be true for us in 2020. Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men. As the Festival says so poignantly:
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