Special to Christmas Eve as few others is the beloved hymn Cantique de Noël, better known in the English-speaking world as O Holy Night.
This Christmas Eve, join me in listening to what one viewer has called “the most haunting, lovely, and heart-achingly beautiful rendition of this song ever made.”
The King’s Singers perform O Holy Night, accompanied by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra At Temple Square. This recording was made at the Choir’s 2007 Christmas Concert, “Rejoice and Be Merry!”
O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
‘Til He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
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 in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
You can read the interesting history of this hymn, including the original French and several English versions, at Wikipedia.
Audio and video recordings of “Rejoice and Be Merry!”, the concert to which this performance belongs, are available at Deseret Book, Amazon, and the LDS Online Store.