Fr. Larry Richards is the founder and president of The Reason for our Hope Foundation, a non- profit organization dedicated to ”spreading the Good News” by educating others about Jesus Christ. His new homilies are posted each week.
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Before Frosty or Rudolph; Before chestnuts roasting on an open fire or dashing through the snow on a one-horse open sleigh… Before even “Silent Night” or “Joy to the World” there were four songs recorded in the Bible surrounding the birth of Jesus. They are songs that aren't sung much at all these days, and perhaps need to be introduced to a new generation. The ancient church captured their words and created songs known as canticles. The angels sang a song to the shepherds. We know part of their song: "…peace on earth and goodwill toward men." Mary sang a song to God after she had time to get over the shocking news that she was going to be the mother of the Saviour. Two elderly, Godly men sang spontaneously when they saw their life’s desire had been fulfilled through this baby in the waning years of their lives. Zechariah sang it prior to Jesus' birth and Simeon afterward as he held the child close. This might be as close as we get to the world of Broadway musicals— where people overcome with joy truly did burst into song.