O Holy Night, or Cantique de Noel, was composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847, set to a French poem by the wine merchant and poet, Placide Cappeau. Cappeau wrote the Christmas poem to celebrate the renovation of the church, although he was a professed anticlerical and athiest! It is hard to believe that Cappeau could write these lyrics without even believing in the existence of God.Cappeau had to know about the shining star that led the wise men from the East saying, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth.” (Matthew 2:2, from day 23 Christmas Devotional)
Enjoy this Josh Groban cover of O Holy Night by David Johnson. The lyrics are included below. This is his special gift to you this Christmas season. I think you’ll agree David’s interpretation, tone and phrasing are second to none. Feel free to comment on the YouTube video or here.
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 His worthA thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious mornFall 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.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, let ever, ever praise Thee
Noel, Noel, O night, O night divine
Noel, Noel, O night, O night divine.
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