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Learn to Play O Holy Night

Updated on October 19, 2014

Learn to Play O Holy Night - the Ultimate Christmas Carol

I love to hear and sing O Holy Night so I wanted to dedicate this page to Adolphe Adam's beautiful composition and how to play it. Here you can get free Holy Night sheet music too. Just save the image and print it out. Have you sung this carol? The wide vocal range of O Holy Night makes it a challenge - but everyone loves to try, making it the most recorded Christmas carol in the world. Its beautiful tune by Adolphe Adam is a classic and its words bring a truly special meaning to and about the Christian celebration of Christmas.

On this page I want to show you how to play O Holy Night. You will find simple music with chords, lyrics in English and in French and other beautiful things. Thank you for coming to play O Holy Night with me.

Image of Adolphe Adam adapted and used under a creative commons license from Wikimedia.

O Holy Night Lyrics

Christmas Carol Lyrics to O Holy Night

Wine seller Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure wrote Cantique De Noel in 1847 after a request for a christmas poem from his parish priest. Adolphe Adam, a composer friend, wrote music for these original French words. The translation by John Sullivan Dwight gave us the carol we all know and love! This is the generally accepted version for English speakers to sing:

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining.

Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!

O night divine, the night when Christ was born;

O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,

With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.

O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,

Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.

The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;

In all our trials born to be our friends.

He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,

Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,

His law is love and His gospel is peace.

Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.

And in his name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

With all our hearts we praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,

His power and glory ever more proclaim!

His power and glory ever more proclaim!

O Holy Night Melody with Keyboard
O Holy Night Melody with Keyboard

O Holy Night for Recorder and Harpsichord

Download O Holy Night Flute and Piano

The link further down the page takes you to my Lulu spotlight where you can download or order my arrangement of O Holy Night for Recorder and Harpsichord. This can also be played on Flute and Piano, or any combination of C melody instrument and keys.

Cantique de Noel - O Holy Night or Cantique de Noel

French language versions of Adolphe Adam's Cantique de Noel.

Placide Cappeau's Cantique de Nol

How to sing O Holy Night in French

The original French words are:

Minuit, chrtiens, c'est l'heure solennelle,

O l'Homme-Dieu descendit jusqu' nous

Pour effacer la tache originelle

Et de Son Pre arrter le courroux.

Le monde entier tressaille d'esprance

En cette nuit qui lui donne un Sauveur.

Peuple genoux, attends ta dlivrance.

Nol, Nol, voici le Rdempteur,

Nol, Nol, voici le Rdempteur !

De notre foi que la lumire ardente

Nous guide tous au berceau de l'Enfant,

Comme autrefois une toile brillante

Y conduisit les chefs de l'Orient.

Le Roi des rois nat dans une humble crche :

Puissants du jour, fiers de votre grandeur,

A votre orgueil, c'est de l que Dieu prche.

Courbez vos fronts devant le Rdempteur.

Courbez vos fronts devant le Rdempteur.

Le Rdempteur a bris toute entrave :

La terre est libre, et le ciel est ouvert.

Il voit un frre o n'tait qu'un esclave,

L'amour unit ceux qu'enchanait le fer.

Qui lui dira notre reconnaissance,

C'est pour nous tous qu'il nat, qu'il souffre et meurt.

Peuple debout ! Chante ta dlivrance,

Nol, Nol, chantons le Rdempteur,

Nol, Nol, chantons le Rdempteur !

O Holy Night - Easy Melody with Chord Letters - Holy Night Melody - Page 1

O Holy Night Easy Melody
O Holy Night Easy Melody

Here is the first page of the melody of O Holy night for recorder and guitar or keyboard. (Guitar beginners - for a chord library, just click on the music and you will be able to check or save and print the chords from my website!)

Very Easy Christmas Carols
Very Easy Christmas Carols

Very Easy Christmas Tunes For Recorder

Notename Notehead Christmas Carols for Beginners

I compiled this very easy carol book for young recorder players, but anyone can play these carols with notenames and chord letters for accompaniments. The music is large print and suitable for youngsters or anyone with visual difficulty.

Easy Melody Holy Night With Chords - Page 2 - O Holy Night with Notename Noteheads and Chord Letter

O Holy Night with chords and letter names
O Holy Night with chords and letter names

Here is Page 2 of O Holy Night with notenames and guitar chords. If you want more guitar carols to busk, please visit my Christmas Buskers page on Guitarlincs.

Popular versions of O Holy Night include this one

The carol book for recorder and guitar includes O Holy Night and other popular Christmas tunes too with melody and simple guitar chords. You can find it on the link below along with the other two carol books.

Christmas Carols Fingerstyle Guitar
Christmas Carols Fingerstyle Guitar

Christmas Carols for Classical Guitar

Fingerstyle Solo Christmas Carol Book and Download.

This book contains a variety of Traditional Christmas Carols for Fingerstyle Guitar and are suitable for beginner to Intermediate players. The print on demand books are nice quality but they are also available as downloads.

Traditional Christmas Tunes Guitar Ensemble
Traditional Christmas Tunes Guitar Ensemble

Christmas Carols for Guitar Ensemble

Fingerstyle Guitar Ensemble - Christmas Tunes

This book contains flexible guitar group arrangements in full score version - like the rock score series or traditional music scores - the book is nicely produced, but downloads are also available if preferred.

O Holy Night - Gifts From Amazon - Holy Night Themed Presents

There are many, many versions of this beautiful hymn available, I have shown you just a few. What is your personal favorite? Can you play this song? Thank you for visiting today!

Is O Holy Night Your Christmas Favorite? - Which version do you most like to hear?

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      Edutopia 6 years ago

      Yet another classic Christmas song that any guitarist should know to keep the crowd going during the holidays.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Such an incredible song .... it always moves me!

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      Heidi 7 years ago from Benson, IL

      "O Holy Night" is my favorite Christmas song! I have the sheet music for organ and I play it every December for my church. I haven't yet heard a version I didn't like.

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      blessedmomto7 7 years ago

      I love Nat King Cole's version of O Holy Night. Great lens on a great song!

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      blessedmomto7 7 years ago

      I love Nat King Cole's version of O Holy Night. Great lens on a great song!

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Good to pop in and see how you are doing. Have a good Christmas. All the best with the music.

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      Nathalie Roy 7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Not my favorite, but it is a real classic! And I didn't know it was French either, shame on me!