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12/20/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
O Come, All Ye Faithful

“This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving
and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble
heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ.”

- Frank McKibben

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today's Newsletter's theme is one of my very favorites. I memorized all three verses when I was five years old.  A couple of years later I taught myself the alto part as well. Back in the early '80s when we and our (then) five little boys went on trips in our 1973 Chevrolet Caprice Estate station wagon, we would sing Christmas carols (summer OR winter!) at the top of our lungs as we drove down the highways. We always began with this one - all three verses.

   I hope you'll enjoy all seven versions I selected - my gift to you:

BONUS #1 - - O Come All Ye Faithful - King's College Choir, 1983

BONUS #2 - - O Come All Ye Faithful - Anne Murray

BONUS #3 - - O Come All Ye Faithful - Libera, December 25, 2007

BONUS #4 - - O Come All Ye Faithful - Casting Crowns, 2008

BONUS #5 - - O Come All Ye Faithful - Celtic Woman, 2009

BONUS #6 - - O Come All Ye Faithful - Josh Groban, 2010 (no video, just that gorgeous baritone voice)

BONUS #7 - - O Come All Ye Faithful - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, 2012


"Adeste Fideles" is a Christmas carol which for some time has been attributed to John Francis Wade in the English-speaking world.[1] However, many other possible authors exist.

The original four verses of the hymn were extended to a total of eight, and these have been translated into many languages. The English translation of "O Come, All Ye Faithful" by the English Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley is widespread in most English speaking countries.[2]

Besides John Francis Wade, the tune has been purported to be written by several musicians, from John Reading and his son to Handel and even Gluck, including the Portuguese composers Marcos Portugal or the king John IV of Portugal himself. Thomas Arne, whom Wade knew, is another possible composer.[3] There are several similar musical themes written around that time, though it can be hard to determine whether these were written in imitation of the hymn, the hymn was based on them, or they are totally unconnected.

The earliest existing manuscript shows both words and tune. John Francis Wade included it in his own publication of Cantus Diversi (1751). It was published again in the 1760 edition of Evening Offices of the Church. It also appeared in Samuel Webbe's An Essay on the Church Plain Chant (1782).


   Happy 70th Birthday today to   Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

22 -   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliot Schlosser ('63) AND    Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND   Bill Rash ('67) of VA;

23 -     Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND   Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND  Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA;

24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND    Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND   Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC;

25 -   Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA! 

27 -   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


   Hit # 132,000 and # 132,500 were made sometime in December 2013 by unknown users while I was while I was busy, so I missed it completely.


December 20, 1924 - Adolf Hitler was released from Landsberg Prison.

December 20, 1941 - First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.

December 20, 1942 - Japanese air forces bombed Calcutta, India.


Friday, December 20, 1963
- Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo, was born in Madrid, Spain.

Friday, December 20, 1963 - Actor Joel Gretsch was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Husband of Melanie Shatner, he is the son-in-law of William Shatner.

Friday, December 20, 1963 - Actor Iqbal Theba was born in Karachi, Pakistan.


    On Wednesday I sent my sister a semi-important text message.  She did not receive it.

   Later that day my phone suddenly displayed a draft of a test message I was supposedly writing to my son.  I was doing no such thing.

   Yesterday morning the following note appeared in my email - dated 02/08/11!

  From Bill Bost ('61) of NC - 02/08/11, 9:50 AM - "Class of 1961":


I am Bill Bost. Love, love the website you have developed. So much time and thought put into this effort. You make it look so easy and fun!!!

I have never attended a class reunion, and have had no luck following thru with the connections shown. Could you get me a connection to someone who is working with this? It would be the 50-year; would love to attend this one.

Thank you so much, Bill Bost in NC.

    A VERY belated thank YOU, Bill!

   This note should have appeared in one of these three Newsletters, but I do not see it at all:

   I sincerely hope you found answers and were able to attend your reunion, Bill! I'm so very sorry this happened! I would have answered and posted your note had I ever received it! I wonder where in cyber-space it's been for lo, these many months?!?

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - 12/17/13 - "Christmas Mission":

I really enjoyed this video. - Christmas Mission (1999)

It's a little slow at first, but it has a powerful message... Also, I'm a little excited that I actually caught and understood a majority of the sign language that was used. I'm trying to learn ASL.

Back to the video though. I think one of the main questions people would ask us when I was a missionary, was why would God allow/do this or that to them, or why was He punishing them. This video explains that very well. I think it is also important to note that this life is to help us learn and grow. We cannot do that without challenges and by experience. The challenges/ trials we face are a lot easier and more fulfilling to us if we have the Savior help us through them. If we don't trust Him then we are basically saying we don't need Him or the sacrifice that He made for us in Gethsemane, on the cross, and all the pain He has had to endure as He watches us suffer alone.

    Thank you so much for sharing this half-hour LDS video, Adrienne!

   It stars Corbin Allred; some of you might recognize him from ABC's Teen Angel (1997-8), Saints and Soldiers (2003), or other films.

   I was rather horrified by the rude treatment (the woman hit them with her broom?!?) the missionaries encountered - especially during the last days of the Christmas season - and even more horrified when you told me what you had endured during those 18 months you were serving. Thank you for your dedication, Baby Girl!  

          From My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of NC - 12/19/13 - "Captain Picard sings 'Make it So!' OR 'Shut Up, Wesley!' ":

Here's one for your Newsletter. Enjoy. - Make it So! - Parody of Let it Snow by Captain Picard

     This is hilarious! Thanks, Dale!

From My Daughter-in-Law,     Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) of NC - 12/17/13:

Dale: Claire, come here, it's time for bed.

Claire: But DAD. I beat every single monster I've come up against... I'm, I'm [gasp] I'm an action figure!

   Actually, she's a HOOT! Thanks, Diana!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/19/13 - "The Twelve Doctors of Christmas":

     Just remember: There are two types of people in the world - those who love Doctor Who and those who haven't yet seen Doctor Who.


BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERN: - Crochet Snowflake Garland Crochet Pattern

BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPE: - Easy Cherries in the Snow Cookies


"What is a stable?"

Every Christmas morning, when my kids were little, I read them the nativity story out of the big family bible.

When my son was old enough to talk, he asked me what a stable was.

I thought for a moment how to explain it to him in terms he could understand, then told him, "It's something like your sister's room, but without a stereo."


1. Thursday, January 2, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, February 12, 2013 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.  

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/16/13

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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O Come, All Ye Faithful

"The Englishman, John Francis Wade, wrote both the words and the music, Adeste Fideles. The Musical
score was first published in 1782 in Samuel Webbe's An Essay on the Church Plain Chant in 1782.
John Francis Wade first included it in his own 1751 publication of Cantus Diversi. The lyrics were first
published in 1760. We have seen it listed in some pamphlets and on the net as an ancient Latin hymn.
Hogwash! The authors of those pages did not do their homework! You may also find it on the net
called the Portuguese Hymn. However, it is not Portuguese. It is definitely English, despite the
original Latin verses. The major reason O Come All Ye Faithful has been called the Portuguese Hymn
is because it was sung in the Portuguese Embassy in London where the famous Vincent Novello
was organist. He ascribed the melody to John Redding. He called it 'Air by Redding, 1860'.
I have seen some Christmas pamphlets with Redding's name given as composer. However since
he lived a century after the original manuscripts, and since I do not believe in reincarnation, I leave
credit to John Francis Wade! Though he was English, he never translated the song into his
native language. That was left for Frederick Oakely to do a century later. The version that we
sing today has actually been worked over by several translators."


Adeste Fideles

Adeste Fideles
Laeti triumphantes
Venite, venite in Bethlehem
Natum videte
Regem angelorum
Venite adoremus
Cantet nunc io
Chorus angelorum
Cantet nunc aula caelestium

Gloria, gloria
In excelsis Deo
Venite adoremus
Ergo qui natus
Die hodierna
Jesu, tibi sit gloria
Patris aeterni
Verbum caro factus
Venite adoremus



O Come All Ye Faithful

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God's holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.



"O Come, All Ye Faithful" midi courtesy of - 12/03/05

"O Come, All Ye Faithful" History courtesy of - 12/19/05

"O Come, All Ye Faithful" lyrics courtesy of - 12/19/05

"Adeste Fideles" lyrics courtesy of - 12/19/05

Image of Christmas Candles and White Poinsettias courtesy of My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/19/10
Thanks, Shari!

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06 

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 11/07/07
Thanks, Al!

Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of - 10/17/07

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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