Office of the Bishop

A Christmas Message from Bishop Hollingsworth

Christina Rossetti’s gentle and beautiful poem, In the Bleak Midwinter, was written in 1872 for a Scribner’s Monthly appeal for Christmas poetry. It is famously set to a delicate composition by Harold Edwin Darke, and often included in services of lessons and carols, its pleading solos particularly well suited to traditional English choirs of men and boys. (You can easily find recordings on YouTube.) It is perhaps more familiarly known to us as set to the hymn tune Cranham (#112 in The Hymnal 1982), by Gustav Theodore Holst, and sung at Christmas services in many of our churches.

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