O Holy Night!

Today’s title hymn took on special meaning for me last week when I heard my sister-in-law, Becky, sing it in her church.  I’ve referred to Becky in past posts as she’s struggled with cancer and its difficult ramifications.  It was a little over 6 months ago when she underwent surgery following a diagnosis of Stage 4 colon cancer.  Presently she’s going through a routine of chemotherapy and wondered if she’d even have the breath to sing .

Her concerns were quickly put rest;  beginning with a whisper, her strength and volumn escalated as she reached the first chorus!  Her voice of praise reverberated through the sanctuary and we “heard the angel’s voices!”  As she continued and we tearfully listened, the Lord was glorified for His birth, His redemption, His faithfulness and healing!!   We couldn’t record her vibrant singing,  but the moment was etched on our minds, and echoes still in Heaven.

Listen to a couple of beautiful renditions of this hymn on the blue Music Box [1] and worship with us–and Becky!!


O Holy Night!
Written by Placide Cappeau
Music by Adolfe Adam


1. 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 world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn;


Fall 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.


Christ is the Lord, O praise His name forever!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!


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.

Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!



[1]  Mercy Me, The Christmas Sessions, and Mark Harris, Christmas Is CD

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