Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”
So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
Personal Notes of Interest: My late father would not care too much for the arrangement, and vocal style of some songs featured in my “Christmas: It is all About Jesus Christ” Sunday music series. He did not care for some of the newer Christmas music. He loved the traditional Christmas singing. O Holy Night was my father’s ultimate favorite in Christmas Music. Soloing on occasion, he sang this song in church. He felt Luciano Pavarotti was the best tenor ever. They both passed within a few days of each other in 2007. So whenever I hear this song in the traditional arrangement by a classically trained vocalist, I think of my father who also loved to hear Kathleen Battle sing anytime!