Today, Christians around the world celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, known in some cultures as Three Kings Day. The culmination of the Christmas season, it commemorates the visitation of the three wise men, or Magi, to the infant Christ.
…new Christmas carol out, by John Henry Hopkins. I like it very much and bought 100 copies for the children [of the St. Paul’s Chapel School]…
On Christmas Day, he writes of their performance:
Weather most delightful. Went down to the Sunday School and practiced with the children for the last time before the service. At half past ten precisely the children and teachers were all in the church around the chancel. They commenced with their carols: 1. Christ was born on Xmas-Day*, 2. Three Kings of Orient, 3. Once in Royal David’s City, 4. While shepherd’s watched their flocks by night. They were never sung so well before.
*Note that Dix uses the abbreviation “Xmas,” occasionally attacked today for removing the “Christ” from Christmas. Dix, familiar with biblical Greek, knew that “X” was the first two letter of “Christ” in Greek, and used it to stand for the entire word.
Author: Trinity Wall Street Communications
Created: March 18, 2009
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