Aaron Flores serves up some back story on a Christmas carol… O Holy Night: A Carol Against Injustice, which “was translated into English from the French, Cantique de Noel by an American Abolitionist in the early 1900’s.” As Aaron says, the song includes

a call to repentance from slavery and social injustices in light of Christ’s birth. A few years after translation, the founder of radio read the gospel of Luke over the first transmitted radio airwaves, which some believed to be the voice of Angels, followed by “O Holy Night” on his violin. Art as a prophetic statement against societal ills gives me the chills. Interesting enough Cantique de Noel was written by a non-religious poet and scored by a Jewish musician. The French church banned the song after learning this was the case. They didn’t want to be involved in the activism and free thinking of either men, prohibiting the song from being used in mass.

Christmas carols, it turns out, are dangerous, radical songs. What else would one expect?

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 soul 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!

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!

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!

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!

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