Friday, December 13
20 Minutes of Music
Pastor Joe Johnson
Martin Luther said, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” One of the great gifts of the Christmas season is music! From the rich hymnody of sacred music to the joy and celebration of secular music. Christmas music tells the story of Jesus’ birth in a way that is understandable, nostalgic, and comforting.
Martin Luther (the namesake of the “Lutheran Church”) is well known for his theology, leadership, and writing. Luther was also a great songwriter. He composed hundreds of songs during his lifetime. One of the songs that has been attributed to the pen of Martin Luther, has become known as Luther’s Cradle Song, or better known to us as, “Away in a Manger”. The question is, did Luther really write “Away in a manger”?
The song was printed in North America in the 19th century with the heading, “Composed by Martin Luther for his children, and still sung by German mothers to their little ones.” As this has been studied, the words are not found in any of Luther’s works before this date. So, did Luther really write Away in a Manger? Probably not…but maybe. The author of the lyrics has never been verified, and the source of the tune is still unknown.
As we continue to journey through this Advent season, take time to listen to the rich songs of the season.Add Pingback