Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

Christmas in Baghdad

In Uncategorized on December 25, 2008 at 3:18 pm

On a day when seven people died in two car bombings, when American soldiers spent their sixth Christmas in Iraq, and when somewhat nervous preparations went forward for the first handover of an US-run base to the Iraqis next week, there were yet some sweet sounds in Baghdad today.

Iraq’s minority Christians (<3%) may face a “bleak future”, but today you could hear them singing for the Feast of the Nativity, helping earth welcome her king. The Times graced us with recordings of those songs, and I pass them on to you. May you share today in the hope of the announcement, no less audacious in English than in Arabic: “Tidings of comfort and joy!”

[Hymn 1]
[God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen]

Recorded this morning at the Virgin Mary convent church in Baghdad’s Karada neighborhood.