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Huron Carol





Words (in Huron): Jean de Brebeuf, ca. 1643 - Jesous Ahatonhia

Music is based on a French Canadian melody, Une Jeune Pucelle (A Young Maid).

Arr: Elizabeth DiPietri, 2010



What if – when you first heard the Christmas story – and you were trying to ‘see’ it in your mind – you found it hard to understand, because you didn’t know what a manger was? Or a stable? Or an inn?  Or a shepherd?  And what in the world is a wise man? Jean de Brebeuf, a Jesuit missionary to the Hurons in Canada, must have been thinking of that when he wrote the Huron Carol. He tells the story in the native language of the Huron/Wendat people using imagery familiar to them: hunters instead of shepherds, a lodge of broken bark instead of a stable. It has been translated into French and English, and is considered to be the oldest Canadian carol.


The words that most of us know for this carol were translated by Jesse Edgar Middleton in 1926 and are still under copyright.  Instead we have included an English translation by Father Kierans, S.J. (Society of Jesus), and a French translation. 


So – we wish you Joyeux Noel – Boze Narodzenie – Nolaig Cridheal – God Jul – Buon Natale – Froehliche Weihnachten – Feliz Navidad, Buone Feste Natalizie – Nodlaig mhaith chugnat – or Merry Christmas!


Enjoy a very Blessed Holiday Season.

Your 1-3-5 Team


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Huron_Carol.tef (TablEdit file - lyrics not included)





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