My Favorite Christmas Carol of All Time

Here’s my Christmas card to all who stop by the blog.

I love the beauty of these words, penned by Phillips Brooks in 1868. In their old-fashioned and poetic way, they invite us all to let the spirit of the Christ-child be re-born in us this holiday season:


O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The Everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him, still
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born in us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel.


My favorite carol is especially meaningful this Christmas as I pray for peace in Bethlehem and all the surrounding region during these days of recent turmoil. God has proclaimed His peace with us. May we one day lay down all religious, political and ethnic disagreements and be at peace with one another.

(Yes, that would certainly take a miracle. But Christmas is the time for believing in miracles, right?)

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3 responses to “My Favorite Christmas Carol of All Time

    • I love O Holy Night as well. The music is magnificent and there is such rich meaning in the words, including the often-overlooked 2nd verse.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. 🙂

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