Wednesday, December 20, 2017

O Holy Night

Another carol that has been meaningful to me this year is O Holy Night. I love that the theme of this carol is worship. The contrast between a weary world and our conquering Christ  brings reason to rejoice.

Sometimes the first chorus is sung for each of the three verses which is a pity. I especially like the line in the second chorus, "He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger."

1. 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 soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn;
ChorusFall on your knees, Oh hear the angel voices!
O night divine! O night when Christ was born.
O night, O holy night, O night divine.
2. 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 come the wise men from Orient land,
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our friend;
ChorusHe knows our need, To our weakness no stranger!
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King! your King! before him bend!
3. 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!

ChorusChrist is the Lord, then ever! ever praise we!
His pow'r and glory, evermore proclaim!
His pow'r and glory, evermore proclaim!


  1. I, too, love this hymn. Thank you for sharing the lyrics; I sang along while reading them. May you and your family have a very blessed and merry Christmas, Gina! May God bless you all!

  2. I love this hymn and I agree, it is such a pity that some churches only sing the one chorus. I don't like modern rocked out versions of carols either.
    I'm praying for youand your family dear sister.

  3. One of my favorite Christmas songs. Thank you for sharing.

  4. One of my favorites,as well! Shouldn't we include all verses so we can grasp the composer's meaning? Makes sense to me! Merry Christmas and many prayers for your family!

  5. Thank you Gina, what a sweet lovely person you are to remind us of these wonderful hymns. I too sang along while reading. Continuing to pray for Ed's healing.


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