O Holy Night

We sing – or at least hear sung – Christmas carols dozens of times each holiday season.  It’s worth meditating on the words.

O Holy Night!
The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of my dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appear’d 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 divine!
O night, O night divine!

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!

May all oppression indeed cease.  Sadly, much of it has been done in His name, when He calls us to end it.

[It turns out that finding exact lyrics to these ancient hymns can be tricky.  The ones above are from what I consider the definitive version of the song.  It was done a few decades ago by the young Evie Tornquist (now Karlsson), found here.]

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