Joy to the World

Mention Christmas Carols and immediately the title Joy to the World pops into my head. I love singing this carol: as a member of a choir, as a churchgoer, as a person listening to a CD of Christmas Carols. Not only does the music reflect the joy felt by the writer, but the words of the carol have a significant meaning:

Joy to the World, the Lord has come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love

The carol encapsulates the belief Christians have in Jesus. He is seen as being virtuous, filled with love, and the saviour of Mankind. He is seen as being the king of every Christian heart. It is the perfect carol to sing, I think, at Christmas time when Christians are celebrating the birth of Christ.

I enjoy listening to this version of Joy to the World by Celtic Women.

photo (24)Which version of Joy to the World do you enjoy?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post is linked to Annie Rim‘s Poets Anonymous in which she posts a poem on the 15th of every month. As it is Christmas this month, I thought to post the lyrics of a popular Christmas Carol.)

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19 thoughts on “Joy to the World

  1. Fabulous Share, Colline. I love this song, and ‘Celtic Woman’ really brings out the emotions to accompany the words. I wish the world would stop and LISTEN and react accordingly. Maybe there would be PEACE on Earth, for real. 🙂 Have a joyous day, dear. 🙂

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  2. I really love this version of Joy to the World as well as these other Christmas songs executed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    I really love them because they’ve been playing at my home as of my childhood and remind me of the past Christmas times spent with family, as well as keep alive those Christmasses with family members with whom I’m no longer in touch with.

    With all my best wishes

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  3. beautiful! it is one of my favourite Christmas carols. i don’t think i’ve got an actual favourite, but i do have a favourite memory of one.
     
    my favourite aunt was visiting from Germany for about half a year, and although she had been to Canada a number of times, even together with her husband when he was still alive, she had never spent a winter here. and although winters in Vancouver are generally mild, it was a crazy snowy winter with tons of snow that lasted for a couple of months.
     
    i found about some free tickets to the annual Traditional Christmas Concert put on by the CBC, and it was to take place in one of the old churches downtown, St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church. Old is a relative term, but old for Vancouver.
     
    i was able to secure tickets for my mom, my aunt and myself and even though my aunt only spoke a bit of English, she thoroughly enjoyed it. music is international in any case, and besides that, Germany shares many of the same carols as the traditional Canadian ones.
     
    two friends and some of their family were also there, and what a treat it was. the lights were low, and there was music by candle light. there was an orchestra, and there were also musical solos, duets and instrumental numbers, and there were times when everyone sang. the accoustics were brilliant, and it was simply marvellous to sing along with so many people – my aunt occasionally in German – and one of the carols was Joy to the World. what an unforgettable evening.
     
    being with friends and family – that is one of the best things about Christmas!

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  4. The best I’ve heard was song at my church when I was a boy. Every year, a nun took the 7yh and 8th grade girls and created a choir for Christmas and Easter masses. To this day, their renditions of a number of carols remain my favorites.

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