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12/20/18 - NNHS Newsletter -
O Come, All Ye Faithful

“This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving
and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble
heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ.”

- Frank McKibben

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today's Newsletter's theme is one of my very favorites. I memorized all three verses when I was five years old. A couple of years later I taught myself the alto part as well. Back in the early '80s when we and our (then) five little boys went on trips in our 1973 Chevrolet Caprice Estate station wagon, we would sing Christmas carols (summer OR winter!) at the top of our lungs as we drove down the highways. We always began with this one - all three verses.

   I hope you'll enjoy all seven versions I selected - my gift to you:

BONUS #1 - O Come All Ye Faithful - King's College Choir, 1983

BONUS #2 - O Come All Ye Faithful - Anne Murray

BONUS #3 - O Come All Ye Faithful - Libera, December 25, 2007

BONUS #4 - O Come All Ye Faithful - Casting Crowns, 2008

BONUS #5 - O Come All Ye Faithful - Celtic Woman, 2009

BONUS #6 - O Come All Ye Faithful - Josh Groban, 2010 (no video, just that gorgeous baritone voice)

BONUS #7 - O Come All Ye Faithful - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, 2012


"Adeste Fideles" is a Christmas carol which for some time has been attributed to John Francis Wade in the English-speaking world.[1] However, many other possible authors exist.

The original four verses of the hymn were extended to a total of eight, and these have been translated into many languages. The English translation of "O Come, All Ye Faithful" by the English Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley is widespread in most English speaking countries.[2]

Besides John Francis Wade, the tune has been purported to be written by several musicians, from John Reading and his son to Handel and even Gluck, including the Portuguese composers Marcos Portugal or the king John IV of Portugal himself. Thomas Arne, whom Wade knew, is another possible composer.[3] There are several similar musical themes written around that time, though it can be hard to determine whether these were written in imitation of the hymn, the hymn was based on them, or they are totally unconnected.

The earliest existing manuscript shows both words and tune. John Francis Wade included it in his own publication of Cantus Diversi (1751). It was published again in the 1760 edition of Evening Offices of the Church. It also appeared in Samuel Webbe's An Essay on the Church Plain Chant (1782).


  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/03/18, 5:16 PM, 12/05/18, 7:43 PM AND 12/19/18, @ 4:40 PM:

So, today I got the diagnosis of a writer's biggest nightmares: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome." I had noticed some problems recently and finally my wife convinced me to the to a good specialist. But the good news is I can still write, I just have to follow a few precautions. Thank goodness and right now I'll celebrate with all of you...

Tests are done, blood tests and nerve tastes and I am blessed by good doctors. Get all results next Monday and probably surgery but compared to others with life threatening issues it is nothing. And I appreciate all your thoughts and prayers as they mean a lot...

Been a busy day and I'm too tired to really write, but I wanted to... let those of you who follow me know that my doctor says after the surgery on my hand next Friday I'll be able to type. He'll fit me with a covering bandage that will leave my fingers and thumb free and since I have an ergonomic keyboard it will work. He's a good man and I told him he didn't want to see me anytime when I can't write. That and coffee are a daily requirement.

    EXCELLENT NEWS, Jimmy! We'll add you and your surgeon to our Prayer Roll anyone, because... that's what we do!


   Happy Birthday today to  Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

22 -  Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliott Schlosser ('63) AND   Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND  Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND   Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND  Bill Rash ('67) of VA;

23 -   Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND    Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA;

24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND  Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND   Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC;

25 -  Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA;

27 -   Gary Farnsworth ('58) of NV AND  Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


December 20, 1924 - Adolf Hitler was released from Landsberg Prison.

December 20, 1941 - First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.

December 20, 1942 - Japanese air forces bombed Calcutta, India.

Thursday, December 20, 1968 - The Zodiac Killer killed Betty Lou Jenson and David Faraday in Vallejo, California.

Thursday, December 20, 1968 - Actor, director, and screenwriter Joe Cornish was born Joseph Murray Cornish in Westminster, London, England.

Thursday, December 20, 1968 - Race car driver Karl Wendlinger was born in Kufstein, Tyrol, Austria.

Thursday, December 20, 1968 - Novelist, short story writer, and Nobel Prize laureate John Steinbeck (b. John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. on 27 Feb 1902 in Salinas, California) died of heart disease and congestive heart failure in New York City, New York at the age of 66.

From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/19/14:

“I greet you at this Christmas Season, in love and fellowship, and with a prayer that our Eternal Father will look down upon you in mercy and pour out His bounteous blessings upon you.

“In these times when iniquity abounds, when there are great tribulations on the earth, when there are wars and rumors of wars, we are all in need, as never before, of the guiding and preserving care of the Lord. . . .

“. . . I now pray that at this Christmas Season, and at all times, we may center our faith in the Son of God and gain for ourselves that peace which passeth understanding.”

-  Joseph Fielding Smith
(19 July 1876 - 02 July 1972)

   Thanks so much, Daniel!


From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/20/18:

   Thank you, Joan!


  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/20/18, @ 5:45 AM:

  We have heavy rain all day on this December 20th and I know it means a rough slog in the barn. But I am anything but gloomy because I will have the use of my bad hand even right after surgery........for typing, no lifting. Oh, I can figure out a way to deliver the feed and store it, but I could never figure out a way to do what I truly love, WRITE, without my hands for I'm not a guy who can operate with the "recording thing." So the stories, books and snippets will keep on coming and doing so will always keep me upbeat and cheerful, positive and smiling, no matter what the weather may do...

    Thank you, Jimmy! Merry Christmas!


“Life is hard. After all, it kills you.” 

- Katharine Hepburn
(12 May 1907 - 29 June 2003)


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"What is a stable?"

Every Christmas morning, when my kids were little, I read them the nativity story out of the big family bible.

When my son was old enough to talk, he asked me what a stable was.

I thought for a moment how to explain it to him in terms he could understand, then told him, "It's something like your sister's room, but without a stereo."

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                          Love to all, Carol





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O Come, All Ye Faithful

"The Englishman, John Francis Wade, wrote both the words and the music, Adeste Fideles. The Musical
score was first published in 1782 in Samuel Webbe's An Essay on the Church Plain Chant in 1782.
John Francis Wade first included it in his own 1751 publication of Cantus Diversi. The lyrics were first
published in 1760. We have seen it listed in some pamphlets and on the net as an ancient Latin hymn.
Hogwash! The authors of those pages did not do their homework! You may also find it on the net
called the Portuguese Hymn. However, it is not Portuguese. It is definitely English, despite the
original Latin verses. The major reason O Come All Ye Faithful has been called the Portuguese Hymn
is because it was sung in the Portuguese Embassy in London where the famous Vincent Novello
was organist. He ascribed the melody to John Redding. He called it 'Air by Redding, 1860'.
I have seen some Christmas pamphlets with Redding's name given as composer. However since
he lived a century after the original manuscripts, and since I do not believe in reincarnation, I leave
credit to John Francis Wade! Though he was English, he never translated the song into his
native language. That was left for Frederick Oakely to do a century later. The version that we
sing today has actually been worked over by several translators."


Adeste Fideles

Adeste Fideles
Laeti triumphantes
Venite, venite in Bethlehem
Natum videte
Regem angelorum
Venite adoremus
Cantet nunc io
Chorus angelorum
Cantet nunc aula caelestium

Gloria, gloria
In excelsis Deo
Venite adoremus
Ergo qui natus
Die hodierna
Jesu, tibi sit gloria
Patris aeterni
Verbum caro factus
Venite adoremus



O Come All Ye Faithful

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God's holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.



"O Come, All Ye Faithful" midi courtesy of - 12/03/05

"O Come, All Ye Faithful" History courtesy of - 12/19/05

"O Come, All Ye Faithful" lyrics courtesy of - 12/19/05

"Adeste Fideles" lyrics courtesy of - 12/19/05

Image of Christmas Candles and White Poinsettias courtesy of My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/19/10
Thanks, Shari!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Poinsettia courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 12/06/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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