hark the herald angels sing
One of the most vivid and persistent childhood memories is that of sitting down each year to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas on CBS. These were the days before VCRs were commonplace and well before DVDs and electronic video distribution, so viewers were at the mercy of the broadcasters and it was a huge event when normal programming schedules were subverted. Looking back, one of two segments that have consistently stood out was when Linus quotes Luke 2:8-14:
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'
(It was – and continues to be – rare to hear scripture spoken in a positive context on TV.)
The other segment was at the very end when they transform the tiny, disheveled Christmas tree into a cartoon-perfect image of one and then, in unison, hum & sing Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Continue reading »