The Season of Christmas – Music – 56.1

These music suggestions are appropriate for use throughout the Season of Christmas and may be repeated from week to week.

Song for the Christmas Season

A change in liturgical seasons creates opportunities for congregational responses unique to the season as well as experiences of ongoing liturgical moments and responses set to new and different music. Following are suggestions for use during the Season of Christmas:

Lighting the Christ Candle on the Advent Wreath (Christmas Eve)

  • Love Has Come (verse 1) GTG 110
  • On Christmas Night All Christians Sing (verse 4) GTG 112
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (verse 4 and refrain) GTG 127; PH 31


  • Glory to God (Gloria, Gloria) GTG 583; PH 576
  • Glory to God (Gloria a Dios) GTG 585; STF 2033
  • Angels We Have Heard on High (refrain) GTG 113; PH 23
  • While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (verse 6) GTG 118; PH 59

Alternate to the Doxology

  • What Child Is This (verse 3) GTG 145; PH 53
  • In the Bleak Midwinter (verse 4) GTG 144; PH 36
  • That Boy-Child of Mary (verse 6, refrain) GTG 139; PH 55
  • Raise a Song of Gladness GTG 155; STF 2017


Anthems for Children’s Choirs for Christmas and Epiphany

  • “Bethlehem,” J. Edmund Hughes and Mary Ellen Loose, SBMP, 2 pt, pno, vln, vc (A)
  • “Bethlehem Night,” Terry Taylor, CGA, uni, pno, hb (E)
  • “Glory to God,” Giovanni Pergolesi, MSM, 2 pt, pno, fl or vln (ME)
  • “How Beautiful Are the Feet of Them,” Doreen Rao, BH, uni, pno (M)
  • “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” Ken Berg, Walton Music, uni, hc, fl (E)
  • “Let Every Heart Prepare a Throne,” Mark Patterson, CGA, uni, pno (MA)
  • “O Come, All You Children,” Kevin Riehle, OUP, 2 pt, pno (A)
  • “On Christmas Night,” Jody Lindh, CGA, uni, pno, hb (E)
  • “Sing We Now of Christmas,” Mark Patterson, SHAW, 2 pt, pno, fc (M)
  • “The Whole World Sings Alleluia,” Wayne Wold, CGA, uni, pno (E)


  • “Arise and Shine,” John Paradowski, CGA, uni/2 pt, pno, hb (E*MA)
  • “See the Glowing Star,” Helen Kemp, CGA, uni, pno, perc (E)
  • “Set the Sun Dancing,” Helen Kemp, CGA, uni, pno, hb (ME)

Anthems for Youth Choirs for Christmas and Epiphany

  • “Angels We Have Heard on High,” arr. Trevor Manor, CGA, SATB, pno (M)
  • “Glory Be to God on High,” arr. Mark Hahn, CGA, SAB, pno (M)
  • “Jazz Gloria,” Natalie Sleeth, CF, SATB, bass (ME)
  • “Jesus, What a Wonderful Child,” Rollo Dilworth, HAL, SATB, pno (M)

Piano Music for Christmas and Epiphany

  • “Coventry Carol,” COVENTRY CAROL, Gospel Greats 2: Piano Solos, Joel Raney, HOPE (ME)
  • “Epiphany Suite,” CRANHAM, KINGS OF ORIENT, THE FIRST NOWELL, Seasons of Grace, vol. 7, Paul A. Tate,
    GIA (M)
  • “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” GO TELL IT, Merrily on High: A Christmas Piano Collection, John Carter,
    AF (ME)
  • “Joy to the World,” ANTIOCH, Christmas Reflections, Larry Shackley, HOPE (M)
  • “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” DIVINUM MYSTERIUM, Celtic Hymns for Christmas, Larry Shackley, HOPE (M)
  • “Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow,” RISE UP, SHEPHERD, The Essential Collection for Christmas, Jack Schrader, HOPE (MA)
  • “See Amid the Winter’s Snow,” HUMILITY, Christmas Illuminations, Dan Forrest, BP (MA)
  • “Sing We Now of Christmas,” NOËL NOUVELET, Nativity Scenes: 12 Carols for Piano, Timothy Shaw, MSM (ME)
  • “Song of the Manger,” AWAY IN A MANGER, W ŻŁOBIE LEŻY, Carols for Christmas for 4-Hand Piano, Arnold B. Sherman, HOPE (ME)
  • “’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,” UNE JEUNE PUCELLE, The Quiet Night, Thomas Keesecker, MSM (M)
  • “We Three Kings,” KINGS OF ORIENT, The Holly and the Ivy: Seven Carol Arrangements for Piano, Gwyneth Walker, MSM (M)

Vocal Solos for Christmas and Epiphany

  • “What Songs Were Sung,” The Songs of John Jacob Niles, John Jacob Niles, HAL (M)
  • “Noël, Nouvelet,” Carols for Solo Singers, arr. Vicki Turner Courtney, ALF, solo, keybd, 2 fl, tri, hd (ME)
  • “A Lute Carol,” Mary Caldwell, HWG (M)
  • “The Oxen,” Christmas Song Album, vol. 2, C. Armstrong Gibbs, BH (A)


“The Kings,” Christmas Solos for All Ages, Peter Cornelius, HAL (M)