O Holy Night

O Holy Night

“Truly, he taught us to love one another.”

I love the song O Holy Night, and that particular line from it is one of my favorite messages from all Christmas songs. I enjoy singing it together as a congregation, because during that verse I feel truly connected to my brothers and sisters in Christ. For one moment we are not “conservative” or “liberal”—politically or within the realm of the Catholic Church—we are all united as God’s children, singing about the love we are called to show each other.

Amidst the political fighting about gun control vs. gun rights in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, I often revert to those words when I stumble across something upsetting, especially on social media sites. The joy, love, and true meaning of the Christmas season are beautifully captured in the lyrics below, and my hope is to carry them with me all through the Christmas season and beyond.

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

Til He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A 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.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, to 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 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.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.

Image: ©Alberto Pérez Veiga/Shutterstock
John Sullivan Dwight’s version of O Holy Night from Wikipedia


About the Author

Lindsey Simmons is the publicity, social and digital media manager at Franciscan Media. An animal lover, she shares her home with her rescue cat and dog. She’s a member of St. Gertrude Parish in Madeira, OH, where she’s served on the Stewardship Committee and with the young adult group.