Oh Night Divine

“Truly He taught us to love one another”

It’s the holiday season and I’m dedicating this One-Liner Wednesday post and the subsequent four to the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus, in song.

I love the classics that sing of my Savior’s birth (although Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will always hold a special place in my heart). Mom and dad preferred these songs and they are what I grew up singing in church, at home and anywhere else the spirit moved me.

The line above comes from “Oh Holy Night,” which, according to Wikipedia…

“is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem ‘Minuit, chrΓ©tiens’ (Midnight, Christians) written by a wine merchant and poet, Placide Cappeau (1808–1877). In both the French original and the English version of the carol, as well as many other languages, the text reflects on the birth of Jesus and on humanity’s redemption.”

“In Roquemaure, France, at the end of 1843, the church organ had recently been renovated. To celebrate the event, the parish priest asked wine merchant and poet, Placide Cappeau, a native of the town, to write a Christmas poem, even though the latter had never showed any interest in religion, and Cappeau obliged.Β Soon afterwards that same year, Adophe Adam composed the music. The song was premiered in Roquemaure in 1847 by the opera singer Emily Laurey.”

Today’s one-liner is one that stands out in meaning, as well as the rest of the verse.

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

In this Christmas season and all year around, love your fellow human, find peace in your life and sing the carols that bring you joy.

The complete lyrics of Oh Holy Night


This post has been brought to you by a very special Holy Night and Linda Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday. If you are wondering what One-Liner Wednesday is all about, CLICK HERE.

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30 responses to Oh Night Divine

  1. Dan Antion says:

    What a great idea! Thank you for reminding us of the true reason for celebrating Christmas and for doing it in such an interesting way. These are the true ‘feel good’ songs. Greta idea – great post – great reason!

  2. Laurie says:

    Thank you for the beautiful video. Oh Holy Night is one of my very favorite Christmas songs. I feel more Christmas-y already!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome, Laurie! I hope your Christmas-y spirit grows and you enjoy all of your favorite carols this season.

  3. Shelley says:

    Beautiful sentiments, Mary! I adore that video – it’s hard not to get into the Christmas spirit when listening to the gifts God gives us in voices that sing praises – and of course, kind people like you to help remind us of what is important in life. xx

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I connect with God most often in music, Shelley. It seems to stir my soul, especially with the Christmas songs, and I’m happy to share with you. πŸ™‚

  4. loisajay says:

    That song gives me goosebumps every single time. Wishing you a peaceful and blessed season, Mary.

  5. dweezer19 says:

    I grew up with all of these hymns. My favorite holiday song is Let There Be Peace On Earth. Great post Mary. πŸ’•

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m looking forward to researching the next four songs by playing an abundance of holiday music. πŸ™‚

  6. Great idea, Mary. Can’t wait to see what else you include. πŸ™‚ I love to sing this carol. If I hear it, I have to sing the ‘fall on your knees….oh night divine’ bit even if I’m in a supermarket!

    I discovered a new favourite carol a few years ago when it popped up on the band Downhere’s Christmas album. It’s called “Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabella”. I thought it must have been a new one as I’d never heard it but it’s apparently an old French carol. There’s heaps of versions out there. How weird is it for something so widespread to miss you completely??

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s easy to miss “Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella” because I do not hear it on the radio or TV. It’s a great song, another one I remember from childhood. Thanks for reminding me of it, I’m going to go now and listen to at least one version.
      The song I never knew existed until a couple of years ago is “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” It’s been around since 1953, so not sure why I wasn’t singing it as a kid other than I was enchanted more with Rudolph.
      Week two has been posted – Ding Dong Merrily on High – courtesy of Dan Antion’s suggestion, and you will most definitely need to come back on Wednesday for a little bit of funk.
      Hope all is well with you and family, Heather, and you are enjoying the season of Christmas!

      • I just played that one for my kids at school last week (the hippo one). We’ve started Christmas songs in my music session. When I got to Rudolph, I put on antlers and a red nose. (It’s actually tricky to sing with a red plastic nose on. Did you know that?) Christmas can be so fun. πŸ™‚

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