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Angels from the Realms of Glory

Angels from the Realms of Glory

Performed by The Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra at Temple Square, with Kristin Chenoweth

The tune for this popular Christmas song comes from the 18th-century French carol “Les Anges dans nos Campagnes.” In English this carol is usually known as “Angels We Have Heard on High,” though in 1816 the British poet James Montgomery published this alternate version of the lyrics. The final verse, “Though an infant now we view Him,” comes from another of Montgomery’s hymn texts, “The Babe of Bethlehem,” penned in 1825. In Mack Wilberg’s stirring arrangement, this carol has become the signature finale at The Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas concerts.

Music: French carol
Text: James Montgom
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

Listen to the Full Song


Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang Creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth!

Gloria, in excelsis Deo,
Gloria, in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night;
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the Infant Light.

Sages leave your contemplations:
Brighter visions beam a-far.
Seek the Great Desire of Nations:
Ye have seen His natal star.

Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear:
Suddenly the Lord descending,
In His temple shall appear.

Though an Infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne.
Gather all the nations to Him;
Ev’ry knee shall then bow down.

Music from the 2019 Concert
  • Trumpet players dressed in white coats and top hats play Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
  • Smiling and laughing, children sing Gift of Christmas, Everywhere!
  • Kristin Chenoweth sings We Need a Little Christmas in front of string musicians and passes Mack Wilberg a percussive mallet.
  • Kristin Chenoweth sings O Holy Night! into a microphone while The Tabernacle Choir accompanies behind her.
  • Male members of The Tabernacle Choir sing For unto Us a Child Is Born.
  • Kristin Chenoweth singing Mary, Did You Know? with The Tabernacle Choir behind her.