Monday, December 19, 2011

My favorite Christmas carol--O Holy Night

The dress rehearsal for The Singing Christmas Tree Presents: Joyeaux Noel is held Saturday morning at First Baptist Church in Lafayette.
A Singing Christmas Tree

Since middle school, my favorite Christmas carol has been "O Holy Night."  Middle school was the place I heard it first.  You see, I was in "performing choir," and we did a singing Christmas tree performance every year.  One tradition was to have the best soprano and tenor at the top of the tree and sing "O Holy Night."  It was so beautiful

Here is Charlotte Church's version of the song:

After my salvation, the lyrics in addition to the music inspired me. I found it to be a call to true worship. 

But Sunday at church, I had my socks blessed right off.  Our music director had someone sing the original French with the literal translation posted on the overhead screen.  The depth of the truth proclaimed is amazing.

Midnight, Christians, it is the solemn hour,
When God-man descended to us
To erase the stain of original sin
And to end the wrath of His Father.
The entire world thrills with hope
On this night that gives it a Savior.
People kneel down, wait for your deliverance.
Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer,
Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer!
May the ardent light of our Faith
Guide us all to the cradle of the infant,
As in ancient times a brilliant star
Guided the Oriental kings there.
The King of Kings was born in a humble manger;
O mighty ones of today, proud of your greatness,
It is to your pride that God preaches.
Bow your heads before the Redeemer!
Bow your heads before the Redeemer!
The Redeemer has overcome every obstacle:
The Earth is free, and Heaven is open.
He sees a brother where there was only a slave,
Love unites those that iron had chained.
Who will tell Him of our gratitude,
For all of us He is born, He suffers and dies.
People stand up! Sing of your deliverance,
Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer,
Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer!

What Christmas carols have great meaning to you?

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