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Stained glass window featuring Charles Wesley from Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta, part of the United Methodist Church Global Mission Center. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Stained glass window featuring Charles Wesley from Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta, part of the United Methodist Church Global Mission Center.

Ask the UMC: Did Charles Wesley write any Christmas hymns?

 

Charles Wesley, a prolific hymn writer, wrote several hymns for Advent and Christmas. Some we know and others are less familiar.

He composed the text of “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” in 1734. In 1744, Wesley published “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” in “Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord,” a hymnal which was reprinted many times during Wesley's lifetime.

In “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” Wesley wonderfully captured the anticipation of the people of Israel who longed hundreds of years for the coming of the Messiah. As we sing, we sense the words of the prophets calling the people to prepare the way of the Lord into history (Isaiah 40:3, Malachi 3:1-4), and into our hearts and lives. Read more about this beloved hymn.

Check out this Christmas Hymns Infographic to learn more about Wesley’s Christmas hymns.

Related: Wesley hymn devotions for Advent and Christmas 

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First published Nov. 27, 2017.