“The First Noel” – Monday Musical Musings


Phil Wickham’s version of “The First Noel”[i] has brought new life to this Christmas hymn. It’s fun. It’s upbeat. It’s filled with the excitement of that first night.


DSC03873mThis hymn has been sung through the ages. Amazingly, the original author of these words is unknown and even the date is not accounted for. Sometime before 1833, someone wrote these lyrics and an English melody was added to create this hymn that has been sung on Christmas eve for decades.


So this Monday before Christmas Eve, I pray that you will read through these lyrics with new enthusiasm. But I also pray that your life is not lived anonymously. I pray that everyone you meet knows that you are a follower of the Christ Child. I pray that “whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17 – NIV)


Merry Christmas!


“The First Noel”


The First Noel the Angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night


If you haven’t heard it enough this year, check out Phil Wickham’s version of “The First Noel” by clicking here.


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



[i] “The First Noel.” Words: Author unknown before 1833. Original Music: English Melody before 1833. Updated version: Phil Wickham, 2010, INO Records, Songs for Christmas album.

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