Although most of the lyrics to O Holy Night are both poetic and profound, the second verse - which many modern versions of the song leave out - doesn't quite seem to fit:

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 the 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

Between the vague references to faith and light, and the term "Orient," which isn't used much anymore, we decided to write a new second verse for the song. Here's what we wrote, based on the incarnation of Jesus and His purpose in coming:

Light of the world, through virgin birth appearing
The Word made flesh, God as man here to dwell
Join in the song with heav’n and earth revering
His holy light, all our fears to dispel
The Mighty God before us in a manger
Here among us to save the souls of men
Worship the King, sing praises to our Savior
Of grace and truth His reign shall have no end
Of grace and truth His reign shall have no end

Our musical arrangement is very close to the original, but we added a few new touches, including a piano intro and a simple flute interlude. The original words were written by Placide Cappeau and translated by John S. Dwight, and the original music was written by Adolph Adam. Both the original words and music are Public Domain.


Christmas Sing-along 2016


"O Holy Night" © 2017 by Open Skies Praise is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0. Original words: Placide Cappeau, 1847; tr. by John S. Dwight. Original music: “Cantique de Noel”; Adolph Adam. Public Domain. For more information and additional resources, visit https://openskiespraise.org.

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Long exposure time lapse of the night sky.
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