Songs of Christmas- O Holy Night

by | Dec 11, 2011 | Christian authors, God's grace | 6 comments

It’s one of the most notable carols of Christmas. A French poem set to music by Adolphe Adam in 1847, O Holy Night has become a standard – especially as a solo. The literal translation from French to English makes the words all the more poignant.

Here is the first verse as translated from the original French:

Midnight, Christians, it is the solemn hour,

When God-man descended to us

To erase the stain of original sin

And to end the wrath of His Father.

The entire world thrills with hope

On this night that gives it a Savior.

People kneel down, wait for your deliverance.
Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer,
Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer!

Well – we have a whole HOST of authors who picked O Holy Night as their favorite Christmas song.

My fav Christmas song (oh, do I have to pick just one!!?) would be “O Holy Night” because, when I sing it or hear it sung, I feel the glory and majesty in the music and the wording which reflects Christ’s birth. It makes me cry every time even though I’ve heard it hundreds, perhaps thousands of times. Sigh.
Laura Frantz (author of The Colonel’s Lady  and Courting Morrow Little)
This is hard to narrow down but I think my very favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night. The lyrics are a powerful picture of how everything changed when Jesus was born. When I hear it or sing it I want to fall on my face before the Lord, weeping in thanksgiving, for the gift of our Lord and Savior – Jesus. LOVE it!
Jamie Carie, who also left some wonderful links to versions of O Holy Night, is author of The Guardian Duke and Pirate of My Heart.– celtic women – the amazing Celine Dion

And my sister from another mother 🙂 the fabulous Mariah Carey

My favorite Christmas Carol is O Holy Night.
O Holy Night is the essence of why we celebrate Christmas. God gave the gift of eternal life in His Son Jesus Christ when the world least expected it. Because of His perfect gift, we give to those we love. We can’t ever out-give God; His blessings are eternal. But we can symbolize the ultimate, by giving to others—the poor, the needy, the unloved. O Holy Night speaks to our souls where words and emotion fail to communicate the love of Christmas.
DiAnn Mills – (author of Attracted to Fire and Under a Desert Sky)
Stop by for more Christmas songs on Wednesday with Julie Lessman & Missy Tippens’ favorites!!



  1. Ruthy

    Ah, a popular hymn for good reason. Beauty. Dignity. Pathos. Remembrance. And I love the Celtic Woman version. And John Berry’s version.

    Just enough tremor to feel the emotion but sail along on the notes.

    I think TSO uses the original/real translation in one of their narrations… Lovely, Pepster. Just lovely.

    • pepperbasham

      Oh thanks for sharing, Ruthy!
      It is such a memorable song.

  2. Laura Frantz

    Oh, so glad I’m not the only one who loves this one!! Beautiful post and pic, dear Pepper! It’s wonderful to celebrate Christmas with you! Wish we were closer and could get together for some holiday fun. The pic of us sure makes me smile:)

    • pepperbasham

      It’s one of my favorite pics!! I’m hoping your sweetness and talent will rub off on me 😉

  3. Susan Mason

    This is my favourite, too, Pepper! So moving and powerful!

    Wishing you and your family a very, Merry Christmas!


    • pepperbasham

      Merry Christmas back at you, Susan! You have a wonderful favourite here!


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