December 24, 2002 in Christmas

Silent Night! Holy Night!

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The 8pm Christmas Eve service at Fourth Presbyterian Church was more crowded that all the stores I visited today. We arrived around 7:35pm and were able to sit in the main sanctuary which is beautifully decorated for the holiday season. If we had arrived 10 minutes later we would have been watching from an ajoining room on close circuit television.

My favorite part of the service was when we sung Silent Night! Holy Night! by candlelight. Below are the words to this beautiful song composed by Joseph Mohr. To learn more about its history, check out the Silent Night Museum.

Silent Night! Holy Night!
Silent night Holy night
All is calm all is bright
‘Round yon virgin Mother and Child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace
Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heav’nly hosts sing Alleluia;
Christ the Savior is born;
Christ the Savior is born.
Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth;
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

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