Linda K. Ballard

Linda K. Ballard

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 song is a well known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem “Minuet, chretitiens” (Midnight, Christians) by poet Palcide Cappeau. The carol reflects on the birth of Jesus as humanity’s redemption and couldn’t be any better fitting for today as was then.

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees, O, hear the Angels’ voices

O, night divine, O, night when Christ was born;

O, night divine, Holy night, O night divine.

John Sullivan Dwight, an American Unitarian Minister, influential music critic and a part-time Santa impersonator wrote the English version in 1855. Partial editing took place to reflect more of a Christian over-tone.

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!

Legend has it French fighting ceased during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 while troops sang the song to their opponents on Christmas Eve and in other times of trouble. It was however documented in the 2004 December publication of the Marine Corps Times, a Marine Reserve major and a Catholic priest sang “O Holy Night” at the bedside of a dying American Marine wounded on a military mission.

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 and grateful chorus raise we

Let all within us praise His Holy Name

Christ is the Lord; O praise His Name forever!

Power and glory evermore proclaim

Power and glory evermore proclaim.

“O Holy Night,” a song used to promote peace among our nation and our world. And what better timing than what we are facing today. So, it is our wish at the News Herald to offer out a peaceful night; a Holy night this Christmas season of 2020. To all those who have gone beyond expectations to fulfill the wishes of those in need, may you be blessed sevenfold. Merry Christmas to you and to your loved ones.

May his love and laughter fill your hearts and your homes throughout the week. In the meantime, we may be reached at chitchatlinda@aol.com or (903) 984-2593.

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