This carol is attributed to John Wade who copied music and manuscripts to make a living. It is unclear if Mr. Wade wrote the original Latin text or simply copied some anonymous words he found and placed it in a new manuscript. The mystery of the writer is unsolved; but never the less, God used Mr. Wade to share a beloved Christmas carol that is based on Luke 2:8-16… the story of angels coming to visit a group of shepherds.
On the night of Jesus’ birth, there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared in the skies, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid! I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined more angels—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased. Alleluia!”
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem!” So, the shepherds hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. The story of Christ’s birth was spread throughout the region by the shepherds. And we, like the shepherds, retell the amazing story each time we worship and sing, “O Come, Let Us Adore Him – Christ the Lord.