So many of our beloved Christmas carols tell us that the angels sang to announce the birth of Christ. But the Bible tells us that the angels simply said the message. There is no evidence in the Bible that the angels used any form of music to announce the birth of the Saviour. The only place you will find it is in a version of the Bible that is not a true translation, but some type of dynamic equivalent. I’m not too hung up about it, but here are a few hymns which tell us that the angels sang.
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
Heaven’s arches rang
When the angels sang
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
The entire theme of this song revolves around the angels singing a song.
Angels We Have Heard On High
Here is song deliberately trying to capture some type of heavenly melody in imitation of what the angels may have sounded like.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
With all the wonderful theology woven into this song, it starts off with the premise that the heralding angels were singing. Here are a few of my favorite lines from the song.
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia
I love to sing these carols. But did the angels sing that night? Maybe, maybe not. I just know the Bible doesn’t specifically set it forth.
Have a Merry uncynical Christmas everybody. If I can do it, you can.
Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13
-The Orange Mailman