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“O Holy Night”—The King’s Singers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

“O Holy Night” is one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time. French composer Adolphe Adam composed it in 1847 to a French poem titled "Minuit, chrétiens" ("Midnight, Christians") by Placide Cappeau. In 1855, Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight wrote the lyrics we hear most often sung today.

Though popular, the song is difficult for many people because of the broad range it requires. It is an audience favorite for several reasons, including high notes that occur near the end of the song.

The King’s Singers have been guests of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir several times.  In the 2004 documentary America’s Choir: The Story of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Gabriel Crouch, a former member of the group says, “Without being told who it was, if you were to put on a recording of a choir singing and it was the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, you would recognize it instantly.”  

Watch the King’s Singers performing Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of “O Holy Night” with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The lyrics to this arrangement can be found below the video.

"O Holy Night" Lyrics

O holy night, night divine, holy night, O night divine

    O holy night

The stars are brightly shining,

    It is the night of our 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 divine,

    O night divine,

O holy night, night divine, 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.

    Christ is the Lord!

O praise His name forever,

    His power and glory ever more proclaim.

His power and glory ever more proclaim, forever.

    Christ is the Lord, O praise His name forever.

His power and glory ever more proclaim.

    His power and glory ever more proclaim.

O holy Night, night divine, holy night, O night divine,

    Holy night, night divine, holy night, O night divine,

O holy night, O night divine.