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The Crown of Roses is a beautiful Christmas hymn for the Advent Season written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker).


“But those who HOPE in the Lord will renew their strength”. – Isaiah 40:31

For a refresher course on what Advent is, check out my advent playlist!

Suggested Reading: Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE

Advent Playlist – 25 Christmas Hymns

1. A Strange Way to Save the World

2. Angel Gabriel

3. Angels From the Realms of Glory

4. Christ is the World’s True Light

5. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Day 6. The Crown of Roses

The Crown of Roses is a beautiful Christmas hymn for the Advent Season written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker). It may seem more appropriate for Easter, but it is a great reminder of the REASON Jesus did come to this earth – to save us.

The original title, in Russian, is Легенда (Op. 54, No. 5). Written in 1883 as a piece for piano and a soloist, it was re-arranged for an unaccompanied choir in 1889.

The lyrics were based on the American poem, “Roses and Thorns”, by American poet Richard Henry Stoddard that had been subsequently translated into Russian by Aleksey Pleshcheyev.

The Crown of Roses Lyrics –

When Jesus Christ was yet a child
He had a garden small and wild,
Wherein He cherished roses fair,
And wove them into garlands there.

Now once, as summer time drew nigh,
There came a troop of children by,
And seeing roses on the tree,
With shouts they plucked them merrily.

Do you bind roses in your hair?
They cried, in scorn, to Jesus there,
The Boy said humbly: “Take, I pray,
All but the naked thorns away.”

Then of the thorns they made a crown,
And with rough fingers pressed it down,
Till on His forehead fair and young,
Red drops of blood like roses sprung.


The King’s College Singers give one of the most beautiful performances of The Crown of Roses as part of their album, Joy to the World.

Scripture Reading for Day 6 of Advent –

Matthew 27:28-31

And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.

Isaiah 53:4-6

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Advent Playlist – Days 7 to 25

7. E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come

8. Gesu Bambino

9. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

10. I Wonder as I Wander

11. Jesus Christ The Apple Tree

12. The King Shall Come

13. Carol of the Drum (Little Drummer Boy)

14. Mary, Did You Know?

15. O Come All Ye Faithful

16. O Come O Come Emmanuel

17. O Holy Night

18. O Little Town of Bethlehem

19. Once in Royal David’s City

20. People Look East

21. Silent Night

22. Sweet Little Jesus Boy

23. There Stood in Heaven a Linden Tree

24. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

25. Whence is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing?

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Please join me this Advent Season as I share these beloved hymns and the stories and Scriptures that go with them. Enjoy and a very Happy Christmas to all.

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