Oh Holy Night

Something for the weekend.  Oh Holy Night sung by Celtic Woman.  Written in 1847 by Adolphe Adam, the carol was for the French poem “Minuit, chrétiens” “Midnight Christians” written by Placide Cappeau who had been asked by a parish priest to write a Christian poem.  In 1855 Unitarian Minister created an English singing version, and it has been a favorite American Christmas hymn ever since.

Oh holy night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

Til He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! O hear the angels’ voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O 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 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.
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 power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
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Published in: on December 10, 2016 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. This is a favourite of the most ambitious opera singers, and it has been recorded by the greatest, including Caruso and Bjoerling themselves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8WIoQM5uGM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nrDfqoYzNo

    • Hearing this hymn sung well Fabio is, I think, a slight foretaste of Heaven.


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