Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Pageant

Last night was the Coalition of Churches Christmas special. And what an amazing experience it was! It was so nice to gather together as sons and daughters of our God to worship the Lord and Savior. Everyone put aside our differences and sang Christmas songs that glorified Christ as one.  After everyone sang their songs, and shared their messages, the adult choir joined with the entire audience and sang Silent Night.  It was the most beautiful thing about that night. 
I have always loved “O Holy Night”. It has been my favorite Christmas carol since I was young, and I had the opportunity of singing it last night with my good friend Nicole accompanying me on the guitar.  So, since I’m already slacking off on my “10 days of Carols” trend, I’ll post nothing more than the lyrics of these two beautiful songs.  I think they need nothing more than a simple reading, no need for interpretation.

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 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 Wiseman 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!

Silent Night
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

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