Gloria in Excelsis Deo

First and foremost, thank you to all who have read my past blog posts and my book, “Homey’s Adventures.” 

What is your favorite Christmas song? When I ask that question, I get so many different responses.  

When I was at work yesterday, a fellow employee caught me singing and humming Gloria in Excelsis deo in the restroom. He laughed and I laughed. I told him that it was my favorite Christmas song, but I did not know all the words. Here are the lyrics in English: 

Angels we have heard on high 
Sweetly singing o’er the plains, 
And the mountains in reply 
Echoing their joyous strains. 
Refrain 
Gloria, in excelsis Deo! 
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!  

Shepherds, why this jubilee? 
Why your joyous strains prolong? 
What the gladsome tidings be 
Which inspire your heavenly song?  

Refrain  

Come to Bethlehem and see 
Him whose birth the angels sing; 
Come, adore on bended knee, 
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.  

Refrain  

See Him in a manger laid, 
Whom the choirs of angels praise; 
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, 
While our hearts in love we raise.  

Refrain 

My favorite rendition is by Andrea Bocelli in Latin. This song goes back to around the 3rd century. I love the beauty of the Latin words as sung by the powerful voice of Bocelli. The song starts with a reference to the Angels who visited the shepards to declare the birth of the Messiah. Gloria In Excelsis Deo is Latin for Glory to God in the Highest. 

My fellow compadre at work said his favorite song was “Run, Run Rudolph” by Chuck Barry. My brother said his favorite was Silent Night. Every year my church ends Christmas eve service with Silent Night and we raise our lit candles.  

The Billboard top Christmas song is “All I want for Christmas Is You.” When I was a kid the most popular Christmas song was “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby.  

You know what? Your favorite Christmas song is the best because it is something you love, and Christmas is all about love. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 

Gloria In Excelsis Deo! Glory to God in The Highest! 

Homey’s Adventures is also about love. I encourage you to go to my website, www.homeysadventures.com. You can read the first two chapters for free, and you can also purchase it. Or you can purchase it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other fine retailers. Just search for it using the words: Homey’s Adventures by Jim Wish. 

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I liken myself to the Vienna Violinist described in chapter 5 of my second book, Homey Adventures Too. I play (write) for your enjoyment and mine. Merry Christmas and may God bless you all! 

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Jim Wish is a pen name of a romance novelist. He wrote Homey's Adventure which was published in January of 2020.

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