O Holy Night

A fresh arrangement of a classic Christmas carol for choir and orchestra.

Choir and Orchestra | Grade 4 | 7:30

Performance materials are available on J.W. Pepper:

For the 2021 Community Choir and Orchestra Christmas Cantata
NDSCS Cultural Center, Bremer Bank Theater, Wahpeton, ND
Kent Loken and Jana Berndt, Co-directors

About the piece

The premiere of O Holy Night was on December 11, 2021. The performance also included Christmas Prelude, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Look to Christ, and O Come, All Ye Faithful, in addition to others.

French Text by Placide Cappeau
Translated by John Sullivan Dwight
Music by Adolphe Adam
Arranged by Paul Cravens


O holy night! The stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night divine.

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 weaknesses no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!

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.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim!
His power and glory evermore proclaim!