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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Favorite Carols - O Holy Night

If you look up O Holy Night on Cyberhymnal, you will find a different, though perhaps more familiar version of this carol. However, my preference is for this version of the carol, which puts greater emphasis on Jesus and the wonder of the incarnation.

O Holy Night

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 darkness pining—
Till He appeared, gift of infinite worth!
Behold the Babe in yonder manger lowly—
’Tis God’s own Son come down in human form:
Fall on your knees before the Lord most holy!
O night divine—O night when Christ was born!
O night divine—O night, O night divine!

With humble hearts we bow in adoration
Before this Child, gift of God’s matchless love,
Sent from on high to purchase our salvation—
That we might dwell with Him ever above.
What grace untold—to leave the bliss of glory
And die for sinners guilty and forlorn:
Fall on your knees! repeat the wondrous story!
O night divine—O night when Christ was born!
O night divine—O night, O night divine!

O day of joy, when in eternal splendor
He shall return in His glory to reign,
When ev’ry tongue due praise to Him shall render,
His pow’r and might to all nations proclaim!
A thrill of hope our longing hearts rejoices,
For soon shall dawn that glad eternal morn:
Fall on your knees! with joy lift up your voices!
O night divine—O night when Christ was born!
O night divine—O night, O night divine!

Logos Hymnal. 1995 (1st edition.). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh, my favorite! That's a great one to belt out when I'm alone in the car and the windows are all closed. I think God is the only one who can appreciate it when I sing that one with all my heart.

2:51 PM EST  

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