December 12, 2013

In Sin and Error Pining

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Musical Musing,The Occasional Godliness — Katrina @ 7:58 pm

Alright, it’s not Christmas Eve yet, but let’s sing!

O Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining

Sounds lovely.

It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.

Huh. Seem to know a lot about someone who was apparently only just born. What if he doesn’t want to be a Savior? What if he wants to be a ballroom dancer?

Long lay the world in sin and error pining

Poor world. 🙁

Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth

Soul feeling worth is needed, but does it have to rely on him? And can it still feel worth if he does go the ballroom dancing route?

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Yay! It’s a new day! 🙂

Fall on your knees

Ouch! That’ll mess up the new day if your knees are sore.

Oh hear the angel voices

It must just be some drunks in a nearby tavern. Same diff.

Oh night divine, oh night
When Christ was born

Oh, that’s who you’ve been talking about!

Oh night, oh holy night
Oh night divine!

Still, ballroom dancing is probably a lot less excruciating than being crucified. Probably.

Second verse!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by his cradle we stand

Not sure that requires faith. Newborn babies have a way of making hearts glow in general.

So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming

Led by starlight? So an astronomical body a bunch of lightyears away twinkling in some special bright way from Earth’s view is supposed to lead someone to a particular place also on Earth? Yeah, that’s where some major faith would come in handy. Good luck with that.

Here come the wise men from the Orient land.

Oh snap, it worked?!

The King of Kings lay in a lowly manger

Hey, when your mom’s in labor and in the middle of nowhere, you take what you can get, whoever you are.

In all our trials born to be our friend.

Aww, that’s sweet. It’s nice to have a friend. 🙂

He knows our need
To our weakness no stranger

Right, so he’s a friend, so being privy to weakness and needs is a good thing. Right?

Behold your King,
Before the lowly bend.

Wait, what?

Behold your King, your King
Before him bend.

That’s what I thought I heard… :scared:

Third verse!

Truly he taught us to love one another
His law is love and his gospel is peace.

Now that’s a decent kind of religion.

Chains shall he break for the slave is our brother
And in his name all oppression shall cease.

Yeah, this would be so much nicer if so many of those defending an oppressive status quo weren’t trying to do that in his name. :irked:

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise his holy name.

Let’s just sing for him to do all our dirty world-fixing work for us!

Christ is the Lord

Ah, that explains leaving all the work on him, what with the omnipotence and all. Plus he’d still be able to make time for ballroom dancing, what with the immortality.

And ever ever praise we.

Yes, omnipotent immortal crucified ballroom-dancing one! We praise you for fixing what we don’t feel like fixing.

His power and glory
Ever more proclaim.

Proclaim what?

His power and glory
Ever more proclaim.

What are his power and glory proclaiming that his power and glory are proclaiming?

Pfft. I’m starting to see why some versions of the song replace the last couple lines with just saying “Noel” over and over.

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