Though there are many holidays for people from various communities, regions, and cultures to celebrate, a few of them boast the kind of charm, as well as a kind and humble atmosphere like the one experienced during the season of Christmas.
Most people typically celebrate their winter festivities with Christmas-themed decorations, outfits, treats and more resoundingly, the presents. However, Christmas is all about commemorating the birth of Jesus, whom most Christians consider to be their Savior and Lord.
It’s also a season to spend time with family and friends to create numerous happy memories that will last a lifetime and also to spread goodwill, warmth, joy, and peace all around.
That timeless message can be echoed in even something that is a simple as a Christmas Carol, especially by the title of “Angels from the Realms of Glory.”
“Angels from the Realms of Glory” is one of the more memorable Christmas carols that came from the hands of Scottish poet James Montgomery. He followed well in the footsteps of two poetic luminaries – Charles Wesley and Isaac Watts. He is well represented in many hymnals and was third only to Watts and Wesley for British hymn writers before 1850.
The song was first officially printed in Sheffield Iris on Christmas Eve in 1816, but it wasn’t until after 1825 that it was being sung in churches after Montgomery’s collection The Christmas Box or New York’s Gift from the Religious Tract Society and The Christian Psalmist were reprinted.
Montgomery got the idea for the Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve in 1816, when he was reading the gospel story on Luke 2, which was where the verses 14 to 15 stood out to him:
“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, goodwill toward men.” (Luke 2:14-15)”
It was here that James had a brilliant idea to pen the lyrics for “Angels from the Realms of Glory” and then later published it in the newspaper’s Christmas Day edition.
World’s Largest Nativity
To make this video even more chill inducing, this video broke the world’s record for the biggest nativity ever. Over 1,000 participants gathered including adults, children, animals, and even a baby representing the newborn Jesus.
This particular cover of the charming carol was performed by the collaboration of renowned musical group The Piano Guys, along with well-known singers Peter Hollens and David Archuleta.
When you hear it for yourself, you can tell how much passion and care went into the development of this entire performance. This includes the cello and piano playing from the Piano Guys, the soft but powerfully enlightening vocals of Peter Hollens and David Archuleta, as well as the production set and the characters involved in the video showcasing the miracle of Christ’s birth thanks to the production company known as Radiant.
Just about every element in this rendition of the Carol came together like magic and no amount of words that are written here can do the song any more justice than when you hear it with your own ears and see it with your own eyes. That’s why it’s best to experience the song on your own in order to understand why this carol best captures the essence and integrity of the holidays and the Holy Night itself.
Feel the spirit of Christmas with this wonderful collaboration of over 1,000 people below.
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