Christmas Music Mix Part 2


O Holy Night is, hands down, without question or hesitation, my absolute favorite Christmas song. I’ve always enjoyed it, but two years ago we were singing it in church and since that time I have appreciated it all the more. We were in the midst of our sermon series on Revelation and had been spending considerable time dwelling on chapters 4 and 5 which describe the throne of God, the worship around the throne and the Lamb that stands, looking as if he had been slain. Again and again we returned to the theme of the total authority, sovereignty, and rule of Jesus Christ, the conquering King. The pictures, symbols, and images of Christ that Revelation portrays are staggering in and of themselves, but that morning we sang O Holy Night and I noticed a verse I had never noticed before. One of the reasons I think I had never noticed this verse is that it is not all that often sung. Whether for the sake of time or personal preference, skipping this verse is a real shame.
The verse reads as follows…

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!
Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

Today I began looking into the origins of the song and my proverbial Christmas socks were knocked clean off. The original version is French and was based on a Christmas poem called “Minuit, chrétiens” (Midnight, Christians). The English version, therefore, is not a direct, word for word translation of the original.

Check out the word for word translation of the verse above…

The Redeemer has overcome every obstacle:
The Earth is free, and Heaven is open.
He sees a brother where there was only a slave,
Love unites those that iron had chained.
Who will tell Him of our gratitude,
It’s for all of us that He is born,
That He suffers and dies.
People stand up! Sing of your deliverance,
Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer,
Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer!

It seems each year I notice something about O Holy Night that makes it deeper and richer.
I think Josh Groban has pretty much the best version of this song right now. It doesn’t have all the lyrics that should be sung, but he doesn’t try to do anything with it that’s ridiculously inventive. It’s very traditional and skillfully performed. Sorry this isn’t the best audio for the song either, but it’s all I’ve got right now. Enjoy!

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One thought on “Christmas Music Mix Part 2

  1. Here's the original poem translated into English:

    Midnight, Christians, it's the solemn hour,
    When God-man descended to 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 Savior.

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

    The ardent light of our Faith,
    Guides us all to the cradle of the infant,
    As in ancient times a brilliant star
    Conducted the Magi there from the orient.
    The King of kings was born in a humble manger;
    O mighty ones of today, proud of your grandeur,
    It is to your pride that God preaches.
    Bow your heads before the Redeemer!
    Bow your heads before the Redeemer!

    The Redeemer has overcome every obstacle:
    The Earth is free, and Heaven is open.
    He sees a brother where there was only a slave,
    Love unites those that iron had chained.
    Who will tell Him of our gratitude,
    It's for all of us that He is born,
    That He suffers and dies.

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

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