Thursday, December 24, 2009

My Favorite Christmas Carol

"The Nativity" by Frederico Barocci

For more than 150 years, the Christmas carol “O Holy Night” has brought true meaning into the meaning of Christmas.

Various versions of the song that recalls the birth of the Christ Child have been published throughout the years, and the song appears to have been the first music ever broadcast on radio (Christmas Eve 1906).

It is, indeed, my favorite Christmas carol. This is the version that touches my heart deepest:

O Holy Night

O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining.
It is the night of our 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!

Oh night divine! Oh night when Christ was born!
Oh night divine! Oh night! Oh night divine!

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, that ever, ever praise we.
Noel! Noel! Oh night; oh night divine!
Noel! Noel! Oh night; oh night divine!

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