Friday, December 11, 2015

O Holy Night

My Favorite Christmas Song ~ O Holy Night

I love the song "O Holy Night."  It is truly my favorite Christmas song, and it may well be my all time favorite song because of the beautiful message.   The easy words and beautiful melody draw me in, sooth my soul and remind me of the real reason I celebrate Christmas. 

As we move through the holidays at a breakneck pace, it is so easy to forget where our focus should be.  Singing this song always brings me right back to the reason why I sing, the reason why I love Christmas, and the One whose birth I celebrate above all others.

The History of "O Holy Night"


Would you believe the original poem used to write the lyrics for this song was written in 1847 by a wine merchant who wrote poetry as a hobby?

That alone reminds me that God can use anyone to do the most exceptional things.  150 years later we are still singing "O Holy Night" and being touched by the message of the words of a recreational poet.


O Holy Night Sung by Faith Hill



"O Holy Night" Lyrics as sung by Faith Hill 

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 its worth.
The thrill of hope, the weary soul 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!




The Original Poem written by PLACIDE CAPPEAU


O Holy Night Poem
Minuit, chrétiens, c'est l'heure solennelle,
Où l'Homme-Dieu descendit jusqu'à nous
Pour effacer la tache originelle
Et de Son Père arrêter le courroux.
Le monde entier tressaille d'espérance
En cette nuit qui lui donne un Sauveur.

Peuple à genoux, attends ta délivrance.
Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur,
Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur !

De notre foi que la lumière ardente
Nous guide tous au berceau de l'Enfant,
Comme autrefois une étoile brillante
Y conduisit les chefs de l'Orient.
Le Roi des rois naît dans une humble crèche :
Puissants du jour, fiers de votre grandeur,

A votre orgueil, c'est de là que Dieu prêche.
Courbez vos fronts devant le Rédempteur.
Courbez vos fronts devant le Rédempteur.

Le Rédempteur a brisé toute entrave :
La terre est libre, et le ciel est ouvert.
Il voit un frère où n'était qu'un esclave,
L'amour unit ceux qu'enchaînait le fer.
Qui lui dira notre reconnaissance,
C'est pour nous tous qu'il naît, qu'il souffre et meurt.

Peuple debout ! Chante ta délivrance,
Noël, Noël, chantons le Rédempteur,
Noël, Noël, chantons le Rédempteur !
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,
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!






Adolphe Charles Adam portrait (9607018730)
Adams via Wikamedia Commons




The Music of "O Holy Night"


The music for "O Holy Night" was composed by Adolphe Charles Adam, a prolific writer and composer.

Adolphe Charles Adam was the son of a concert pianist and was trained from a very early age in music and piano.  He wrote his first opera in his mid-twenties and two operas per year thereafter.

After failed investments in a new Opera House in France, Adam was rescued from certain poverty by the Paris Conservatory who appointed him as a professor of music where he taught until the time of his death.





O Holy Night Sung by Josh Groban



"O Holy Night" Lyrics as sung by Josh Groban 

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 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!
Oh night divine! Oh night when Christ was born!
Oh night divine! Oh night! Oh 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, that ever, ever praise we.
Noel! Noel! Oh night;oh night divine!
Noel! Noel! Oh night; oh night divine!
Noel! Noel! Oh night; oh night divine!




Fessenden
Fessenden via Wikimedia Commons

"O Holy Night" Published, Translated and First Song Broadcast on the Radio


"O Holy Night" was originally published in French and entitled "Christian Midnight."

John Dwight, an ordained Unitarian minister and great promoter of European classical music, translated "Christian Midnight" into the English hymn, "O Holy Night."

"O Holy Night" was the first song broadcast over the radio.  It aired on December 24, 1906 when an Canadian Inventor named Reginald Fessenden, pictured on right, broadcast the first AM radio program in which he played the song on his violin.  Needless to say, I applaud his selection on song to share with the world.



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8 comments:

  1. What a beautifully written article about the origins of this lovely Christmas Carol. Fascinating to learn that 'O Holy Night' was the very first song ever shared in a radio broadcast. Thanks so much for this wonderful music review.

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  2. This was a very interesting read! It's always been my favorite Christmas Carol too. I have the one by Josh Groban on a CD.

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  3. When I was a little girl, the church we attended had a Christmas program every year. And every year the highlight of the program (to me, even as a young child) was when a woman named Martha sang O Holy Night. All these years later, whenever I hear O Holy Night I think of Martha and her beautiful voice singing this beautiful Christmas hymn. Such a feeling of worship the song evokes. It's definitely one of my lifelong favorites. Thanks for providing the background, which I didn't know, and this wonderful Christmas season review!

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  4. When I was a little girl, the church we attended had a Christmas program every year. And every year the highlight of the program (to me, even as a young child) was when a woman named Martha sang O Holy Night. All these years later, whenever I hear O Holy Night I think of Martha and her beautiful voice singing this beautiful Christmas hymn. Such a feeling of worship the song evokes. It's definitely one of my lifelong favorites. Thanks for providing the background, which I didn't know, and this wonderful Christmas season review!

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  5. Oh Miss Cynthia, what a lovely review of my favorite classical Christmas Hymn. Well written and so beautiful to listen to. Thank you! Blessings in His Name.

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  6. This is also my favorite Christmas carol I love the message in the words, and the tune fits it so well. I get chills when I hear it. I had no idea of the history. Thank you for sharing it.

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  7. Just listened to Josh Groban singing my favourite Christmas carol. Thank you.

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  8. Hearing this song this morning has really gotten me into the Christmas mood. Lovely.

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