Wednesday, December 24, 2008

O holy night ...

... 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!
Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen
from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need,
our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
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! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
my very favorite Christmas song ever ... brings tears down my face every time i hear it ... for me it began when i was just a young boy in our favorite hometown of Forestville, NY and every Christmas eve [ that i can remember ] my sister Beth sang this at the candlelight service at the methodist church we attended. i've since especially enjoyed Martina Mcbrides version and ... the Whiffenpoofs on West Wing ... and then tonight at the first of our 2 Christmas Eve services at North ... i enjoyed it SO much in the 1st service with 350 others ... i convinced Ruth to stay for the 2nd service so we could enjoy it again. along with an awesome instrumental song by the amazing Mapes family and "what Child is this" by Nate Bantle.
we wish you all a very merry CHRISTmas • LOVE ... kc, Ruth and Thea
ps • happy birthday Steve ... a birthday you share with my dad who would have turned 91 today ... if he was still with us.


KarenW said...

Just stopping by to say Merry Christmas!

Terri said...

Great post dad. Didn't realize your dad's birthday was Christmas Eve (I mean I'm sure I was told but my horrid memory apparentely failed me on that one).

Also didn't realize Aunt Beth was a soloist.

Have a Merry Christmas - video call us asap at Adam's so we get to chat before we head to the Knarr's (we're leaving here at 3:30pm your time.

Love you!