I sink down in my pew, cringing to the core. “It’s coming,” I think. “There’s no way she’s gonna make it.”
“Oh night divine. Oh night when Christ was born.”
My palms are sweating. My face is turning red. “Why am I embarrassed? I’m not even the one singing!” But this poor woman is about to commit social suicide. I brace myself for the blow.
“Oh night, DIIIIIIVVVIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNE….”
Her shrill voice slides to the high B like a baseball player dirt-diving to home base. She makes it, but barely. The audience breathes a collective sigh of relief.
Oh Holy Night is an iconic Christmas classic. From Josh Groban, to Mariah Carey, to the brave woman singing at church, this powerful piece evokes a strong emotional response. Especially that high note.
But tucked away in the first verse is a short phrase we usually overlook.
“Long lay the world in sin and error pining Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.”
“The soul felt its worth. ” Those five simple words are …
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