O Holy Night


For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this (Isaiah 9:6-7). And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS (Luke 1:31).

O Holy Night is my second favorite sacred Christmas song. I remember hearing it and loving the song from my earliest youth. I can never hear it enough during the Christmas season. I have four different recordings of the song on my iPod. I write to you on Christmas Eve and offer this song as my gift to you. Commitments of the season do not allow me time to tell you my thoughts on O Holy Night but I hope you will spend on time in the Bible and with the lyrics of the song to find some of the treasures that I have found. Here are some online sources were you can read about the history of the song and read more thoughts from others:

http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/o_holy_night.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Holy_Night

Some trivia: O Holy Night was the first song ever sang on the radio; this happened on December 24, 1906.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men (Luke 2:7-14).

Enjoy O Holy Night.

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

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our Friend!
He knows our need—to 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 shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!
Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!

 

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2 Responses to O Holy Night

  1. Nick Pope says:

    Oh what a Holy Night it was. It will reverberate throughout the future and into eternity. It is such a contrast to the world: the world and what it has to offer pales by comparison. Thank you Jesus.

  2. Pingback: Silent Night | Hymns in My Heart

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