Another Hymn for Christmas Meditation

Thursday is for Discipleship

O Holy Night is a great song for corporate worship but a very difficult song for soloists to pull off. But’s its theology is worth the risk. Different artists have done covers, from Bing Crosby to Whitney Houston. Personally, I like this one by Josh Groban even though he changes some of the lyrics for his own musical interpretation. He drops out the four lines that are pictured in the image below. But there is still plenty of wonder in the words he includes.

I love how the music perfectly matches the crescendoing of the words and the call for the response to fall on our knees at the wonder and majesty of God taking on flesh. I have attached two videos. One is Josh Groban’s version and the other is the Harry Chapin song, Mr Tanner. You’ll understand why when you remember or listen to it. Side note: Perhaps it was this song that led Chapin to Christ in the last few years before his untimely death and motivated his involvement in the one man show, the Cotton Patch Gospel. We can ask him when we see him in glory.

O Holy NightO Holy Night

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 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

Truly He taught
Us to love one another
His law is love
And His gospel is peace

Chains, He shall break
For the slave is our brother
And in His name
All oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy
In grateful chorus raise we
With all our hearts
We praise His holy name
Christ is the Lord
And we shall ever praise Him
His power and glory
Ever more proclaim
O, night divine
The night when Christ was born

Fall on your knees
O, hear the angel voices
O, night divine
The night when Christ was bore
O hear the angel voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine
O night, o night divine

Josh Groban’s version:     http://youtu.be/4Zh-yR0pbmU

Harry Chapin’s Mr. Tanner live performance.


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