On Christmas Eve of 1865 an Episcopal Bishop, Phillips Brooks, attended services in the ancient basilica in Bethlehem. The beauty of the simper service made a permanent impression on his hear. Three years later, during the Christmas season he was asked to write a new Christmas song for the children of the Holy Trinity Church School of Philadelphia. The thought of the little town of Bethlehem and his trip there inspired Brooks to write the complete song in one evening.
The next day Phillips Brooks gave the poem to Lewis Redner, the Church Organist. Lewis waited for inspiration but none came. On the night before Christmas he woke up suddenly, in the middle of the night, the melody of the song was ringing in his ears like happy bells. He grabbed the nearest piece of paper and wrote down the now famous melody.
On the following day, Christmas, the little children of Holy Trinity Church sang for the first time one of the most loved Christmas songs. Check out the song below.
Do you have a favourite religious Christmas Carol? What does the song mean to you? How does that song remind you of the story of Jesus' birth?