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Christ Is Born Christmas Song

Christ Is Born

Year: 1957

Written By: Domenico Bartolucci, Ray Charles

Perry Como is probably the most renowned artist to record 'Christ Is Born' and his introduction to it was a remarkable story. His 1964 Christmas special (it was known as Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall Christmas Special) was partly filmed in the Vatican after permission was granted by the Pope. For the first time ever a film crew was allowed within the walls of the Vatican and Como became the first ever non-member to sing with the Sistine Chapel Choir. The song, which was in Latin, was written by the choir director Domenico Bartolucci and had first been recorded by the Sistine Choir in 1957. Ray Charles would later write English lyrics for 'Christ Is Born' and Como would commit his version to vinyl for his 1968 album 'The Perry Como Christmas Album' (this time without the Sistine Chapel Choir). The Carpenters would also use their considerable charms for their renditionon 1978's 'Christmas Portrait'.

 

Christ Is Born Lyrics

It is he
Christ who is born today
Hear him crying
In the manger
King of Heaven
Son of God
Alleluia, Alleluia

There he lies
There with the lambkin
Only swaddle for his garment
With his Holy Mother Mary
Alleluia, Alleluia

Glory, Glory to almighty God
And on earth peace to all men
Hear the joyful angels singing
Alleluia, Alleluia

He is born
Let us adore him
Christ the Lord
King of Kings
Prince of Peace
For all the universe
Alleluia, Alleluia
 

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