Sunday, December 18, 2011

sharing christmas :: song

o holy night is one of my favorite christmas songs.
there are so many versions, i usually enjoy any i hear.
i am liking the celine dion one today:)
the one version i love most is not recorded. except for in my mind.

as a little girl i heard him sing for the first time.
he was a man in our church, a father to my friend. our neighbor.
he was a man's man, rugged hunter type, but so kind and funny, too.
every year at christmas, dave would take his place behind the pulpit in that old mississippi church.
silence. and then the music would begin. and he would sing o holy night.
he would sing it with power and emotion. sincerity covered each note. it was real.
those lyrics combined with dave's voice melted me right there in the church pew.
each year i looked forward to hearing him belt out that christmas song with his unique and gorgeous voice!
i've grown up, moved to new towns, new states, far away from dave and his singing.
it plays clearly in my mind every year. and even the memory weakens my knees and softens my heart.
i weep. grateful for that sweet memory, but even more thankful for the song and its meaning.
o, night divine!

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour'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!

do you love this song like i do? what's your favorite rendition?


  1. this is definitely my very favorite of all Christmas songs. it has been known to make me weep. i have always loved jewel's version, but nat king cole's is close to my heart, too.

  2. That is my absolute favorite Christmas song as well. If you asked my husband, he would tell you that it is my favorite song just in general. I like to sing it all year round. We sang it in choir in high school and I just remember always asking to sing it again and again. I love it. Beautiful.

  3. yes, love this song. my favorite rendition is my honey's. : )

  4. Good grief, Hannah! It's like you are in my brain. I help lead singing at our church, and that was one of the songs - our friend Daniel led us in it, and absolutely knocked it out of the park - I was up front just weeping - that song is by far the best, most incredible Christmas song ever, but WOW is it great when it is sung by people who SO BELIEVE it.

  5. So, I guess my favorite version is Daniel's! I also like Mariah Carey's (the live version) but mostly just because I marvel at her voice.

  6. definitely LOVE this song! i think my favorite version is by Barlowgirl...I heard it this year for the first time and the harmony gives me head to toe goosebumps!!

  7. Love, love love this song. the words rock my world again and again. every year. my favorite version is third day's right now.

  8. Oh,Hannah!! This is hands down my very favorite Christmas song. It just brings tears to my eyes.

    I love the version the children are singing in 'Home Alone'.

    Today our church's choir performed a Christmas Cantata. One of my best girlfriends is in the choir. She sang beautifully! And I was so happy to hear them sing 'Oh Holy Night' !!!

  9. Oh yes this is DEFINITELY my favorite christmas song. I think i have about 7 different versions on my

    I remember a few years ago our choir sang carol of the bells. it was so beautifully perfect i wept in church. i love the power of music...especially this time of year.

  10. O Holy Night is my favorite, too! What a beautiful song :) xoxo