"The First Noel" is a common Christmas carol, but do you know what noel means?
According to the United Methodist Church's Discipleship Ministries website, "The First Noel" has roots in the fifteenth century and was published first in the revised edition of Some Ancient Christmas Carols in 1823 and was first printed in Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern in 1833.
The song originally had nine verses, but five are mostly used today.
"The song is a testament to the fact that no matter what the earth looks like, no matter how much time passes, the encouraging story of Jesus will always connect with the hearts that are desperate for Him," Taylor Brantley wrote in hymncharts.org.
What does 'Noel' mean?
According to Merriam-Webster, "noel," means a Christmas carol or Christmas.
"English speakers borrowed the word noel from French. It can be traced further back to the Latin word natalis, which can mean 'birthday' as a noun or 'of or relating to birth' as an adjective," according to Merriam-Webster.
What are the lyrics to the first verse of 'The First Noel?'
The first Noel the angel did say
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
in field where they lay keeping their sheep
on a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
born is the King of Israel.
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