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Borderies, Abbe Etienne Jean Francois (24th January 1764-29th March 1832)

He was a bishop born in Montauban, France with not too much known about his earlier life but he was ordained as Bishop of Versailles, France, on the 29th July 1827.   It is possible that he was exiled to England during the French Revolution.

He has been credited with adding three verses to the Latin version of John Francis Wade’s “Adestes Fideles” in 1822, which is commonly known as “O Come All You Faithful” in its English translation.

Adestes Fideles recordings
Black Dyke Mills Band
Chandos 4541 (CD: A Christmas Fantasy)

Boston Pops
Philips 416 287 – 2 (CD:  We Wish You a Merry Christmas)
Conductor – John Williams

DG 419 414-2 (CD: White Christmas)
Conductor – Arthur Fiedler

RCA 09026-61685-2 (CD: Pops Christmas Party)
Conductor – Arthur Fiedler

Sony SK 48232 (CD: Joy to the World)
Conductor – John Williams
Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 8.990005 (CD: Joy to the World)
Conductor – Richard Hayman

Rochester Pops Orchestra
Koch CHD 1531 (CD: Joy to the World – Carols for Orchestra and Chorus)

St Louis Philharmonic Orchestra
Sonari records – 7 55724 00272 3 (CD: Christmas with the Philharmonic)
Conductor – Robert Hart Baker