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O Holy Night

O Holy Night is a Christmas song that speaks for itself. The music builds to such a climax that almost mimics the apex moment of the birth of Jesus. The first stanza is such a clear descriptor when it says, “Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till He appeared…a Thrill of hope the weary world rejoices…ok, I’ll stop…now I am going to quote the whole song. 🙂 I guess it is because I understand the life of weariness without Him. I also understand the hope He gives…it is the only hope in this life and for the life to come.

I’ll let you read the lyrics. 🙂 It is beautiful. Read it slowly and let it sink in.

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

You can also listen to it here. Phil Webb is singing it along with the choir at Grace Community Church. It isn’t the best quality recording, but I was actually there when he was singing it so it is extra special to me. I hope you enjoy it too!

Jesus has been born and we have hope! As we “behold our King” this Christmas season may we bow before Him. He is worthy of our praise!


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