Songs of Salvation – O Holy Night

Posted December 15, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.

Revelation 12:11 NLT


Today’s Song of Salvation is, literally, a song.

O Holy Night was originally written in French by a wine merchant and poet, Placide Cappeau. It was later made into the English version we are more familiar with and was set to music by Adolphe Adam in 1847.

I found on Wikipedia the literal translation from French in addition to the version by John Sullivan Dwight we know so well. I am fascinated by the difference in the literal translation! This information is all from Wikipedia.

Here are both of the English versions for you to enjoy. May you read these words and ponder the miracle of the love of God who loves us so much. He came to be born on this earth as a lowly baby, raised in the family of a poor carpenter. Rejected and forsaken by men, He died on a cross in a painful and lonely death, bearing our sins, and ultimately rose again – victorious – so that we might have eternal life! He lives today and will soon return to establish His everlasting kingdom. O night divine!

O Holy Night

The literal  translation

Midnight, Christians, is the solemn hour,
When God as man descended unto us
To erase the stain of original sin
And to end the wrath of His Father.
The entire world thrills with hope
On this night that gives it a Saviour.

People, kneel down, await your deliverance.
Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer,
Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer!

May the ardent light of our Faith Guide us all
to the cradle of the infant, As in ancient times
a brilliant star Guided the Oriental kings there.
The King of Kings was born in a humble manger;
O mighty ones of today, proud of your greatness,

It is to your pride that God preaches.
Bow your heads before the Redeemer!
Bow your heads before the Redeemer!

The Redeemer has broken every bond
The Earth is free, and Heaven is open.
He sees a brother where there was only a slave,
Love unites those whom iron had chained.
Who will tell Him of our gratitude,
For all of us He is born, He suffers and dies.

People, stand up! Sing of your deliverance,
Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer,
Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer!

John Sullivan Dwight’s version

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our 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! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from the Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, to our weaknesses 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 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! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.

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