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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14A THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuosday, December 24, 1974 4: Carol history traced to angel Gloria SSr KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) In 1882, a writer named William Hone predicted that Christmas carols would soon be an extinct rorrn of music. Hone's prediction couldn t have been more off-key. For in 1974, millions of carollers will again celebrate Christmas with song. They will be perpetuating a tradition that has been in existence for many centuries, says the American Music Conference, head- quartered here. What was the first Christmas carol? Some observers say it was Gloria, the song attributed to the angels when they first saw the Christ child. The formal carolling tradi- tion is said to date back to 128 AD, when Telephorus, the first Bishop of Rome, decreed that Gloria be sung in his church each Christ- mas day Others trace the formal birth of carolling to 13th-century Italy when St. Francis of Assisi invited friends to sing nativity songs around his replica of the manger scene. Yet as early as the fifth century in France, holiday celebrants were gathering in village squares to sing carols, accompanied by lutes and lyres In the 16th century, oboes were used to accompany carolling minstrels when they entertained nobility during the Christmas season. Witchcraft suspected The dawning of the Renaissance lifted the blanket of austerity that dominated church music through the Dark Ages. Wanting a more joyous expression for their religious views, people linked their Christmas songs with commonly the circle dance. However, in some areas of Europe author- ities associated circle dances with witchcraft and banned carolling. The carolling custom was also considered out of harmony with the times in mid-17th cen- tury England. The Puritans there, frowning on the joyous nature of many carols, made it a crime to print or sing carols publicly. Since many of the early carols weren't written down but were passed along by wandering minstrels and folk singers, they went through so many word and melody changes that their creators probably wouldn't recognize them today. Joy to the World, for example, crossed many cultures before evolving into its present form. ARTHUR RUTLAND CONDUCTS LETHBRIDGE CAROL SINGING The words were probably written by an an- cient Hebrew. Centuries later, in 1719, the words were paraphrased by Isaac Watts, who wrote some 52 volumes of published carols. The current music was adapted from George Frederick Handel's Messiah in 1741. In 1830, American composer Lowell Mason rewrote the carol as we know it today. A sizable number of carols have been written or sung against a backdrop of war or slavery. When the English besieged the French in 1428 at Orleans, a truce was set for the dura- tion of the Christmas holidays. The English re- quested and obtained for a night the services of French minstrels who played Christmas music on trumpets and clarions. In 1863, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ex- pressed warweary sentiments in his poem, I' Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. In the poem, he compared the peace and stillness of a Christmas morning to the sounds around him. Jesus is Born, said to be the first North American carol, told the story of the nativity in Indian fashion. It was written around 1645 by French missionary Jean de Brebeuf, who sang it in the Huron tongue for his Indian con- verts A number of carols were written in the southern United States in the 19th century. Two such songs, Rise up Shepherd and Follow and Mary Had a Baby were composed by slaves. Whatever their origin or form, Christmas carols have historically been a mainstay for people of all races and nationalities who ex- pressed the Yule spirit through song. Jj This Christmas, let the bright rays of I love, peace and understanding I enter our hearts and shine there always. We extend grateful thanks to our loyal customers. 1 I ALSASK PROCESSORS I JOHN DREWRY I Old Coaldale Road Phone 328-2911 Hope it's- filled with gifts galore. Our bountiful thanks to each of you. "TRAILER LOU" TRAVEL CRAFT TRAILER o03-3'd Ave S SALES SERVICE 327-4064 Utay you and vours bo greatly blessed by the spiritual radiant o of Christmas. For your patronage we express sincere Yuletime thanks. Management and Staff OWEN DISTRIBUTING LTD. 1216 1st Ave. S. Phone 328-4485 We're winging our wishes for peace and love to all our patrons. Thanks, friends, for all your goodwill. From MR GEORGE F. VAZAR1 and STAFF NATIONAL SALVAGE CO. LTD. 206 23rd St. N. Phone 328-1721 Here's wishing all a merry Yule1 To our good friends, patrons special thanks for kindness shown. CfSRISTMAS CHEER From the Management and Staff ANDY'S ELECTRIC LTD. 259 -12 St. N. Phone 328-5438 Well take just a minute wish you a wonderful Christmas! Golden Gate Restaurant WE WILL BE CLOSED DEC. 25.26 and JAN. 1st. 320-5th St. South Santa's coming down the slopes with holiday greetings direct from us to all of you Have a merry, cheery Christmas! Jolly thanks loyal patrons! HABIT'S AOTO SERVICE LTD. 2111 20th Ave. Coaldale Phone 345-3090 Be of good cheer for Christmas is here! We hope you enjoy it to the fullest! From the Management and Staff L.H.C. REAL ESTATE LTD. 2020-2ndAve No Phone 328-3644 ;