At the Advent-Christmas liturgy meeting the music ministers and I had last week, we were planning the Christmas music (we had already done Advent), and someone suggested that we do "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming". Well, some members said that it is better used as an Advent hymn. In the OCP hymnal, it's listed under Christmas. Last year we did it, and the congregation really didn't get the hang of the notes because there are a lot of half notes, and I guess it is better suited for a choir, so we didn't use it this year because of that and because we didn't know which season it would be better for. My question is: is this hymn better used during Advent or Christmas? I have heard it used both ways.
If you don't know the hymn, here are the lyrics:
Lo, how a Rose e're blooming From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming, As those of old have sung.
It came, a flower bright, Amid the cold of winter, When half spent was the night.
Isaiah 'twas foretold it, This Rose I have in mind,
With Mary we behold it, The Virgin Mother kind.
To show God's love aright, She bore to
us a Savior, When half spent was the night.
O Flow'r, whose fragrance tender With sweetness fills the air,
Dispel in glorious splendor The darkness ev'rywhere;
True man, yet very God, From sin and
death now save us, And share our ev'ry load.