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Topic: Christmas Carols/Carolling (10/02/08)
TITLE: Ollie Fateful
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A fresh blanket of snow crisply seals the earth for a season of rest. Reflections of pureness follow the line of the horizon. The brisk air excites my sense that winter has settled in and the holidays are close at hand. The demands on my time will be many, but the delight will be equal.
Preparations for the Christmas Pageant will soon begin. Cast members will be chosen to depict the most realistic chronicle of the birth of Christ. Prudent selection will produce the most angelic choral groups, and the hymns from ancient days will fill the crystal skies of winter welcoming the celebrated birth of our Savior. Carols sung will prepare the hearts of those attending the Pageant to hear and receive the message of Love and eternal life.
Carols of the highest acclaim will be woven into the fabric of the Christmas Pageant. O Come All Ye Faithful will stage the invitation for the people to seek the knowledge of the Savior. Silent Night will open the setting for His birth with a starlit sky, weary travelers, and only the low-key sounds of the animals sharing their ‘inn’. We Three Kings and The Little Drummer Boy both inspire us to look into the face of the new born King, the baby Jesus. The carol, O Holy Night, reminds us the birth of our Savior is the true definition of holy. The melodies sport gently through my mind before the first note of music is played.
“Miss Pander, will we get to meet ‘Ollie Fateful’, I really like his song?” Sean’s eyes searched my own for the answer. “Who is Merry Gentlemen? Will she be awake for the Pageant?” This type of genuine seeking is the underlying seed flowering through these songs. Oh the innocents of a child. I smiled and led Sean back to the practice room. Sean, a simple child wanting only to sing, reminded me of me. In a short while we will break into groups and begin our routine of neighborhood caroling and inviting the families to attend the Pageant.
The caroling began timidly at first, and then our voices began to strengthen, assured of Whom we sang. I feel nostalgic, amazed by the memories surrounding each of these carols sung. I often pondered as a child who “Ye Faithful” were and what kind of “rest” God gave the “Merry Gentlemen”. Angles were proclaimed to be “heard on high” yet it was a “Silent” night, Sleigh bells “ring” if you are listening and the roof top possessed some type of magical abilities if you slept dreaming of sugar plums.
The brisk winter air drew me out of my thoughts. How lovely to experience the joy in the eyes of the people who opened their doors to hear the songs of Christmas. Invitations to the Pageant were given to every home we stopped at to carol. Some would collect their coats and head over to the church straightway as not miss the start of the Pageant; others simply smiled and thanked us for sharing our songs.
The Pageant displays the birth of our Savior without a flaw. All who attended the Pageant joined their voices together to sing the carols of Christmas. How could the singing in Heaven be anymore wonderful than this? These must be the voices of the ‘Angels ‘ heard on high.
The Pageant closed with a bow from the cast and the dimming of the lights. Guest with questions or need of prayer have the invitation to come down to the foot of the stage. Caring men and women waited there to pray for those who sought them out. Cast and choral members left the stage and went to the choir room for the fellowship. Hot chocolate with marshmallows and cookies waited as a timely reward for another Pageant well done.
This ‘Silent Night’ reflects His holiness. God’s presence, as if a blanket, warmed the people attending the Pageant. ‘Ollie Fateful’ has come… one song at a time.
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