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When Christians sing O Holy Night they are celebrating that the Birth of Jesus is God’s gift to humanity.

On the 3rd Sunday of Advent, we light the Gaudete (“Rejoice”) candle of JOY. This is traditionally the rose colored candle in an Advent wreath. Did you know that Gaudete Sunday has also been known as Rose Sunday?

While we spent the first two weeks of Advent focused on Christ’s coming, the third week is one of joy and rejoicing in anticipation of Christ’s coming again.

We also, as a Western church, tend to focus on John the Baptist’s connection with Advent.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13

For a refresher course on what Advent is, check out my advent playlist!

Suggested Reading: O Holy Night is the 1 Christmas Album You Need

Advent Playlist – 25 Christmas Hymns

1. A Strange Way to Save the World

2. Angel Gabriel

3. Angels From the Realms of Glory

4. Christ is the World’s True Light

5. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

6. The Crown of Roses

7.  E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come

8. Gesu Bambino

9. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

10 – I Wonder as I Wander

11 – Jesus Christ The Apple Tree

12. The King Shall Come

13. Carol of the Drum (Little Drummer Boy)

14. Mary, Did You Know?

15. O Come All Ye Faithful

16. O Come O Come Emmanuel

Day 17. O Holy Night

O Holy Night is an English Christmas Hymn by John Sullivan Dwight based on Adolphe Adam‘s Cantique de Noel.

When Christians sing O Holy Night they are celebrating that the Birth of Jesus is God’s gift to humanity.

O Holy Night Lyrics –

O holy night! the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the 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, O holy 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 came the Wise Men from 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!

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 pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!


Scripture Reading for Day 17 of Advent –

Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful upon the mountains

are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,

who brings good news,

who announces salvation,

who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

1 John 4:7

Beloved,

let us love one another,

because love is from God;

everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

Advent Playlist – Days 18 to 25

18. O Little Town of Bethlehem

19. Once in Royal David’s City

20. People, Look East

21. Silent Night

22. Sweet Little Jesus Boy

23. There Stood in Heaven a Linden Tree

24. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

25. Whence is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing?

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