Saturday, 4 December 2010


I think it is a little early to be singing Christmas Carols but I am posting this one especially for Tom. Tom inquired about the Christmas Carols written by St Jean De Brébeuf and this is the only one that I know of. So here you are Tom. I hope you enjoy it.

“JESOUS AHATONHIA” (“THE HURON CAROL” OR “TWAS IN THE MOON OF WINTER TIME”) was written in the Huron language by Fr Jean De Brébeuf in 1643. It was set to the music of an old French tune and it is said to be the oldest Canadian Carol. The Carol has been widely recorded and is found in the Hymn Books of several Christian Churches in Canada. Jean De Brébeuf was a French Jesuit who worked among the Huron Indians in Canada. He was martyred by the Iroquois when they attacked the Huron village in March 1649. Fr Jean De Brébeuf was canonised in 1930.



  1. Thanks for stopping by Buttercup's and hope you will visit often. Your blog is great. I have a terrific interest in Religious History and there's so much that is interesting here. We also share some favorite authors -- Ian Rankin is one of mine, too.

  2. Thank you, Breadgirl. That was beautiful.

  3. Good Morning Buttercup

    Thank you for visiting and welcome as a follower. I am very grateful that you took the time to comment. I like the exchange of ideas, encouragement, and suggestions that come with comments.

    I hope you will visit often. Thank you and God bless you.

  4. Good Morning Dorothy

    Thanks for your kind comment. It is a lovely carol isn't it? The words are very beautiful and I find it absolutely amazing that it was written by St Jean de Brebeuf.

    Do you know that I have never heard it sung in a Catholic Church? I am not saying that it isn't sung in Catholic churches but, although I have attended many Christmas Masses in Canadian Churches, I have never heard that carol sung. It is, however, very popular in the Anglican Church and other Christian churches in Canada. Ironic isn't it?

    A very happy Advent season to you, Dorothy, and God bless you.


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