Christmas Music: O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Thursday, December 14, 2017 by Mary O'Connor | holiday
"O Little Town of Bethlehem" is a popular Christmas carol. The text was written by Phillips Brooks (1835–1893), an Episcopal priest, Rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia. He was inspired by visiting the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in 1865.
Three years later, he wrote the poem for his church and his organist, Lewis Redner, added the music. Redner's tune, simply titled "St. Louis", is the tune used most often for this carol in the United States.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings O Little Town Of Bethlehem