12/20/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Love Came Down at Christmas
(Fourth Sunday in Advent)
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have
loved you, that ye also love one another.
DearFriends and Schoolmates,
Today is the Fourth Sunday in Advent, which this week emphasizes Love. I'm not positive, but I think I learned the carol as a child at Trinity Methodist Church. At any rate, it popped instantly into my mind to represent the theme of Christmas Love. I hadn't realized Christina Rossetti's sweet and simple poem had been set to music by at least four different composers, but this version is the gentle tune I remembered. I hope you enjoy it.
BONUS - Love Came Down at Christmas - Matt Oltman and CORO Vocal Artists
|"Love Came Down at Christmas" is a
Christina Rossetti. It was first published without a title in
Time Flies: A Reading Diary in 1885. It was later included in the
collection Verses in 1893 under the title "Christmastide".
The poem has been set to music as a Christmas carol by many composers including Harold Darke, Leo Sowerby, John Kelsall and John Rutter and is also sung to the traditional Irish melody "Garton". More recently, the poem was given a modern treatment by Christian band Jars of Clay on their 2007 album, Christmas Songs. American composer Jennifer Higdon set the text for solo soprano, harp and four-part chorus. A new setting by the British composer David J Loxley-Blount was performed in Southwark Cathedral on 8 December 2014 by the Financial Times Choir conducted by Paul Ayres. It was repeated by the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree on 11 December 2014.
Studwell describes the poem as "simple, direct and sincere" and notes that it is a rare example of a carol which has overcome the disadvantage of "not having a tune (or two or three) which has caught the imagination of holiday audiences..."
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
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 the late Elliott Schlosser ('63) (d. 05/27/20) 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 - The late Patsy Bloxom Meider (d. 10/09/20) ('57) 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, 1942 -Japanese air forces bombed Calcutta, India.
THIS DAY IN 1970:
December 20, 1970 - Cricketer and coach
Grant Flower was born Grant William Flower in
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
Thanks so much, Daniel!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/20/18:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Suzanne Mason Haff (NNHS / Warwick HS - '61) of NC - 12/19/20, 5:42 PM:
|This is just incredible and a
wonderful gift to all of us Typhoons. I've read
it off and on for years,
but thought you had become tired and quit. Clearly I don't know you very
well. Thank you, thank you.
I went to
Magruder, so know many
from 6 years of age. Sammy
Lipes lived on my street growing up and his father made several
of us stilts one year - such a wonderful childhood memory of community.
I'm only a couple hours from you, so
please give me a call if you'd like to chat or I could drive over and
visit one day.
Thank you so much, Suzanne! You were half right; I have become tired, but never of doing this. Even when I'm not able to make it into my office to attend to it, it's generally in the back of my mind somewhere, awake or asleep.
Thank you for your concern forPaul (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) . He's had some additions to his meds, and his nurse told me just Wednesday there's been a huge change in his attitude and personality for the better. Unfortunately, dementia, that horrible curse, is a progressive disease, and that progress is always downhill, so there's that. Hermit though I am, I shall try to give you a call soon, certainly before Epiphany , but I don't seem to be quite as on top of everything as I'd imagined I was .
From Alton Jones ('66) of FL and NC - 12/19/20, 10:20 AM:
|Old post making the rounds again ...|
From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 12/19/19:
is hard. After all, it kills you.”