Angel from Heaven

MennybolAzAngyalFrom our friends at @365daysinHungary; The most popular and probably oldest Christmas song in Hungary.  The author is most likely the 18th century, parish priest of Boconád, Mihály Szentmihályi. It came from the region of Palóc and spread from there throughout the country mainly in Transylvania. There was a custom for Christmas, where the gift is not made by Jesus, but by the Angel. For this reason, the song was considered Transylvanian Hungarian for a long time.320px-Chanting_Angel

I learned to sing 🎶 this as a little kid in Canada. Even if you don’t know Hungarian, it’s a very pretty carol. It was a favorite of my fathers and is a bittersweet memory for me. When he passed away at Christmastime in 2005 we sang this at his funeral. Most of the attendees did not speak Hungarian but the accompanist did a lovely job and I’m sure dad would have appreciated the gesture.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas !

 

Angel image from By Mipago – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2050425

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