A.M. – Day 13 – O Holy Night

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16

O Holy Night is one of the first carols I remember loving. I knew it was love when I didn’t really know the name of the song, I just knew what I felt when I heard it.  Then came 6th grade and Music with Miss Brady who couldn’t control the class at all – [commercial break, She really couldn’t control 6th grade and often – threw the entire class out of her room. After the first eviction I remember she came up to me and told me how surprised she was at me…for leaving. Wait a minute, you’re disappointed in me for obeying you? It was the first time I understood that adults at times didn’t know what the heck they were talking about.] Back to the song that I learned that year was ‘O Holy Night’; It was a part of that year’s Christmas program, and I couldn’t have been happier. I got to sing it everyday, and while I didn’t understand every single thing it spoke about, I knew it was a song of joy. I was flooded with a light of the hope this song was about –

Jesus has been born, the chained are free, a weary world can rejoice,

Jesus has been born, in our trials we have someone to turn to, when we are needy- he will provide,

Jesus is born, nothing we do surprises him, our weakness doesn’t shock him, he wants to care for us – for us.

A king wants to care for us.

I didn’t get all of the words, but I knew it was important.

This is the version I listened to before a particularly difficult class years ago, once a week for the entire semester – it gave me hope!

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 Spirit 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, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, 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 he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we 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!

The words and lyrics of the old carol ‘O Holy Night’ were written by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure in 1847. Cappeau was a wine seller by trade but was asked by the parish priest to write a poem for Christmas. He obliged and wrote the beautiful words of the hymn. He then realized that it should have music to accompany the words and he approached his friend Adolphe Charles Adams(1803-1856). He agreed and the music for the poem was therefore composed by Adolphe Charles Adams. Adolphe had attended the Paris conservatoire and forged a brilliant career as a composer. It was translated into English by John Sullivan Dwight (1812-1893).” carols.org.uk

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