If Silent Monks Were to Sing a Christmas Carol, Would It Be “Silent Night”?

No. It’s the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

(Not really monks, you know. Clever high school students instead.)

(Would this count as a cappella if there were no instruments?)

About Jay F Guin

My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink. My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.
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6 Responses to If Silent Monks Were to Sing a Christmas Carol, Would It Be “Silent Night”?

  1. David Himes says:

    I'm not sure what it would be, but I'm confident there would be some objection to this presentation … I just have to think outside of the book, to figure out what the objection would be.

  2. Erin says:

    so you liked my email, eh?

  3. todd says:

    awesome and oddly beautiful.

  4. Jay Guin says:


    There's a closely related controversy — whether a preacher can be interpreted to the deaf by a woman's signing. Is she preaching? Is she speaking? She is, after all, quite clearly being silent.

    There are those who would damn over the question.

    The issue has particularly hit hard in the mission field, where some refuse to use female translators for preaching, although in some places the translators are nearly all female. It is, of course, considered a salvation issue.

  5. Jay Guin says:


    I did indeed.


    Erin is my daughter-in-law.

  6. Alabama John says:


    I thought it was very cute and good.
    My family enjoyed it.
    Thanks for posting it.
    We need more participation in church especially among the young.

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