O Holy Night

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit 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!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

The thrill of Hope is sweeping through my weariness this morning.

The words to this, one of my all time favorite Christmas carols, revives my spirit in this weather which is usually sparkling white, but is dull and dreary,

The Divine of heaven touched the drudgery of humanity that Holy night, for that moment became Holy when Holiness emerged from Mary’s womb.

When we experience the divine in all situations, when we need Him most, those too become holy moments.

God used that great wondrous Holy Night to clearly show us He would always reach down to His people.

Nothing would hinder His drawing near.

God enfleshed.

God with us.

Emmanuel.

The reason for the season.

Christ came for the masses, for everyone!

What a divine, Holy Night indeed!

In case you too need an audible reminder of the wonder of that Holy Night, Point of Grace has a wonderful version of these divine stirring words which you can watch & listen to here.

May He rekindle your desire to worship Him this Christmas, as we seek Him afresh each day, in each holy moment.

Let the wonder of who He is steep deep within, and cause you to fall to your knees as you #praiseHymn again!picsart_11-24-06.18.46.jpg

Historical Background:
Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure, wine seller and poet, penned these lyrics in 1847. His friend Adolphe Charles Adams who had attended the Paris Conservatory of Music composed the tune.

 

 

The First Noel

The first Noel the angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay:
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

One of my all time favorite carols, I just love the majesty of this chorus.

The songwriter has captured the first Christmas story in a way that future generations have been echoing each Noel since its release.

We too are meant revisit this miracle, God come to live among us, every time Christmas draws near, but also every time we open the Word.

I believe God stirs up His children to resound the truth of this season because He knows how frail we are, how our hearts leak out His love when we forget to draw close and allow Him to fill us up.

And that is why worship songs such as these are so important to the Body. Because the truth they remind us of is the truth we need to hold onto every day of our lives.

God with us.
God loves us.
The King is here!

Noel!

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Historical Background:

The First Noel is an Cornish folk song in origin, first in print in 1823.
It is one of the most unique in its melody arranging, and  is usually performed in the arrangement by composer John Stainer (1871).