“Once in David’s Royal City” has become my favorite carol. I did not grow up singing this carol…I did not learn to love it in seminary, as I did some of my favorite hymns. Only in recent years have I learned and grown to love this carol.
I guess I first heard it on public radio’s broadcast of the Nine Lessons and Carols Service from Cambridge each Christmas Eve. It is always the first carol sung, the Processional carol, and the first verse is sung solo each year by a boy soprano. It is lovely! It is moving: