Christmas Songs

By: Gail Cohen & Gilbert DeBenedetti

'Ave Maria'

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Few sacred hymns are as universally known as "Ave Maria." Originally a Roman Catholic prayer, "Ave Maria" was actually derived from biblical scripture: Luke 1:28.

The original melody associated with the song's first stanza symbolized the miracle of the Annunciation and was deeply rooted in the style of tenth-century liturgical chants.


Franz Schubert orchestrated a contemporary version of the hymn in 1825. Many people consider "Ave Maria" to be the most sacred of all hymns.

"Ave Maria" Lyrics:

Ave Maria! Gratia plena.

Christmas sheet music: "Ave Maria"

Christmas carolers in England used to sing from door to door, hoping for a sweet reward or, better yet, a cup of wassail. Not sure what wassail is? Well, we have the answer. Go to the next page to learn more about "Here We Come A-Wassailing." It's a song that is sure to add some flavor to your holiday season.