Famous Christmas Carols – The Story Behind the Carol – O’Holy Night


Luke 1:52 He has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;  God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

Perhaps the song or carol, O ‘Holy Night, is an example of God using the humble, or someone the world sees as unworthy to show those who consider themselves as better than others that all are important in His sight and that all men have a contribution to make. We never know what the end result may be when we choose to humble ourselves before Him.

This story is told in several places on the web, so I will be brief.

It began in France in 1847 when a Parish Priest asked a wine maker who was known for being a great poet to pen words as a poem for a Christmas Mass. Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure took the request to heart and began to consider that holy night when Christ was born. He was then, so touched by the words from his own hand that he asked a musician to set them to music. Adolphe Charles Adams, the son of a famous musician, did just that and so he composed the music to “Cantique de Noel” or what is known in English as “O’Holy Night”.  Adolphe Charles Adams was a Jew.

After its original warm reception, the song was later denounced by the Catholic Church due to the authors of the piece.  The French people, however, are said to have continued to love and sing the song. Later, John Sullivan Dwight introduced the song into the US.

Read the complete story at “The Amazing Story of O’Holy Night.”

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!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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    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!

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