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Advent Hymn Celebrates Christian Aid

Wednesday November 20 2019


This Advent, congregations around Scotland will sing a carol written especially for Christian Aid to celebrate the work of the charity and to raise funds for its Christmas Appeal.

When Out of Poverty Was Born was written by former Head of Christian Aid Scotland, and Church of Scotland minister, the Rev Kathy Galloway. The hymn, which is Kathy’s interpretation of the Magnificat, was originally written 20 years ago for Advent Sunday and was gifted to Christian Aid.

Kathy wrote the hymn to the Scottish traditional folk tune ‘Jock O’Hazeldean’ although the current version in CH4 is sung to Kingsfold.

Kathy’s successor at Christian Aid Scotland, the Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, said: “Kathy’s hymn is particularly poignant this year. Our appeal focuses on how women across the world can be supported to rise up out of very difficult situations and find fullness of life for themselves and their families. Kathy’s words resonate beautifully: ‘In the strength of woman’s faith/the Word of Life was born/She knew that God would raise the low/it pleased her to obey.’

A scratch choir of Christian Aid supporters recorded the CH4 version of the hymn in St John’s Episcopal Church, Edinburgh (above).

Sally is excited that churches will sing together for Christian Aid. “Christmas Carols link us to the mystery and the moment of Advent. We hope that congregations across Scotland will raise their voices together for our neighbours around the world. In the midst of inequality and injustice, together we can change lives.”

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