O Holy Night …………… {A Christmas Doubleheader} – 2

Of all the wonderful Christmas, religious songs and carols we hear and sing at this time of the year, my favorite is O Holy Night.  Every time I hear it I get inspired. A close second to this composition that affects me this way is Handel’s Messiah.

The portion of the day called, night, as all of you know, is when the sun’s rays of light no longer influence approximately one-half of the earth (I’m not trying to be scientifically precise here). For several hours, our planet
receives no life-sustaining light.

And it was during the evening hours, years ago,
when a child by the given name of Jesus was
born. The Light of the World began to shine
brightly in the nighttime of man’s existence.

A baby grand piano.

On that night came the Light of forgiveness for everyone.

On that night came the hope of a new life intended for everyone.

On that night came the desire to sing for joy intended for everyone.

On that night came the ability to understand the meaning of life intended for everyone.

On that night came the solution of all problems intended for everyone.

On that night came the understanding of Old Testament Bible prophecies about
Christ intended for everyone.

How can this Light be intended FOR everyone
when not everyone wants to accept and believe
on this Light?

As sunlight shines on the earth on cloudless days, so the Light of Christ shines everywhere and on everyone – both good and bad; whether they realize Him or not; whether they appreciate Him or not. For with that Light comes the power of the Holy Spirit that illuminates, according to God’s timetable and purpose, men’s minds. It is ntended for them to choose to believe on Hom or to reject Him.

That is what makes the night Christ was born very holy and divine. God’s presence of Light in the darkness of night made that evening holy. What a night it was!

The YouTube video song, O Holy Night, is a song that is not that easy to sing eloquently and robustly on stage. Yet, here we hear it being effortlessly sung by Donna Summer which reveals how great a singer she truly was.

 

Adolphe_Adam

Adolph’s Adam (1803-1856)

O Holy Night (Cantique de Noel) 1847
composed by – Adolphe Adam
lyrics by poet – Placide Cappeau
poem – “Minuit, Chrétiens” (Midnight, Christians)
sung by – Donna Summer (1948 – 2012)
genre – Christmas

LYRICS:

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

Placide_Cappeau

Placide Cappeau
1808 – 1877

A thrill of hope
The weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks
A new and glorious morn’

Fall on your knees
O hear the angel voices

O night divine
O night when Christ was born

O night divine
O night
O night divine

Fall on your knees
O hear the angel voices

O night divine
O night when Christ was born

O night divine
O night
O night divine

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