O Holy Night

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the 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 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, O holy night, O night divine!

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!
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!


Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. — Romans 13:8-12

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” — Galatians 5:14


The melody of this Carol is so beautiful that it always evokes those “angel voices” to which it refers! But it is the words of the second verse that grab and stick out amongst other carols: Jesus’ message was love. Christmas is the story of God’s love for us and the gift of His Son to all the world. But that story is not just meant to be observed or appreciated, but to be retold. Our lives are to become a constant retelling of this story. We are to offer ourselves to one another as a gift. Christmas is not just a story of what we can receive but an example of how we can give.

FATHER help us to give like You give. Teach us to be like You in every way!

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