Chains Shall He Break

‘O Holy Night’ has been my favorite carol since I was a child. The music was the most beautiful of the Christmas carols to me. I also loved the lyrics and as I grew older, I realized more and more the potency of the words. It captures the hope, as well as the love and joy, that was realized and is continuing to be realized in Jesus’ incarnaton.

I also realized recently how beautiful and powerful is the call to worship Him
Next time you hear the song (or read below), listen and meditate on these words:

O Holy Night
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.
Fall on your knees! O, hear the angels’ voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.

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.

Note: My current favorite version is Sara Groves’, which can be heard at on her playlist


2 responses to “Chains Shall He Break

  1. Yes, today was the first time I heard the “chains shall He break” portion of this favourite hymn! I listen to it all the time, but somehow this line really stuck today! Thanks for sharing! Linda

    • You’re most welcome, absolutegrace (nice name). Yeah, I’ve had a similar experience with the song. The encouragementto worship Him in this song most recently got me. So beautiful and powerful….and motivating. I realize that this is not, or should not, be a “Oh, isnt’ that nice” kind of song. It calls for a response befitting the One we are celebrating.

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