Oh Holy Night 

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Music by Adolphe-Charles Adam
Text by Placide Cappeau; translation by John S. Dwight
Arranged by Sally DeFord

The piano/vocal score is designed for choir, soloist and congregation, though the congregational singing may be omitted if desired

Ease of performance was the number one priority, so the vocal parts are very standard, with the verses sung unison or solo, and the chorus sung in the traditional SATB harmony.

The piano accompaniment might be a bit challenging through the chorus, but is otherwise fairly easy.

Obbligatos are provided for C instrument (either treble or bass clef) and for Bb instrument–use one or the other–not both. A half-sheet vocal score for either verse three or all verses is provided to print for the congregation.


Oh, holy night
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til he appeared and the soul 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
Oh night divine; Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night
Oh night divine

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
There came the wise men from Orient land
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend

He knows our need, to 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 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
Oh praise His name forever
His power and glory ever more proclaim.
His power and glory ever more proclaim.

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  21 Responses to “Oh Holy Night ”


    Is the recording by Heather Prusse in the key of Bflat?


    I am trying to print a copy of “Oh Holy Night” for the program, but when I print it side-by-side, one half is upside down. When I print it back-to-back, one side is upside down. Could you redo the PDF, so that it prints correctly, by either of the following methods?

    1. Put pages side-by-side
    2. Put the music that is on the second page on the other side (right half instead of left).


      I’ve given you what my software is capable of producing. When I use it, I print two pages, then copy them into the format needed. Maybe you could work it that way. 🙂


    Dear Sally, I wish to use the solo in C with a cello but the cello part is only written in B flat and I have a Mac and cannot use the Personal Composer Demo because it is only compatible with Windows. Please help! What should I do?


    Thank you Sister DeFord! I have always appreciated your talents! I now live in East Texas and am sharing your talents here. We will use this piece at our Ward Christmas Party this year.


    Would like to add Finnish words to the music. Not enough room. Can I get a PDF copy of the music with n wards


    HELP! I really want to transpose this, but every time I load the .pc file into Personal Composer, it only has the first page in it! What am I doing wrong? Please help!


    Please can I get the pdf format


    Can you transpose it into alto cleff? I’m not sure if you already have because my computer won’t let me open some of the files.


    The best Spanish translation from Oh Holy Night is the one used here from George P. Simmonds, there are many other Spanish translations however I considered this is the most poetic and accurate that keeps the feeling from the original author about the wonderful Jesus’ birth, life, love and teachings. I am glad it was used it to adapt it to your arrangements, which it complements it beautifully. Awesome!!!

    The mejor traducción al español de Oh holy Night es que se utiliza aca de George P. Simmonds, existen muchas traducciones al español, sin embargo considere que esta es la mas poetica y exacta que mantiene el sentimiento del autor original acerca del maravilloso nacimiento, vida, amor y enseñanzas de Jesus. Me agrada que se haya utilizado para adaptarlo a sus arreglos, lo cual se complementa estupendamente. Excelente!!!.


    I have looked everywhere for an arrangement of O holy night that is suitable for congregation and was not able to find one.

    This is to express my deep gratitude for this arrangement that is well written and well suited for the congregation.



    Your key of C arrangement for Oh Holy Night, is in the key of Bb. Please change.


    It’s a pretty arrangement. My husband is singing the solo version in church today. I like that you had it available in 2 different keys, the higher key fits his voice better, and I don’t much enjoy doing the transposing myself. I just thought I’d make one small comment: the solo version in the key of C still says “key of Bb” under the title on the first page.


    Everybody liked this arrangement! Very nice! We are going to perform this song for the church Christmas concert. I am sure the audience will appreciate it too. Thank you so much!


    I love your arrangements! The musical scores for O Holy night seem to be off by a measure. The numbers for some of the scores seem to have the measure number at the end of the measure instead of the beginning. It is a beautiful arrangement and I look forward to singing your pieces frequently. Thank you for this wonderful work you do.


      **sigh** For some weird reason, one particular update of my notation program long ago defaulted to numbering the first measure of a song “0”. I must have done the obbligatos using that short-lived version. Just when you think you’ve got everything fixed….

      The scores are now correct, and you can re-download the obbligato you need. Remember to clear your browser cache or hit the “refresh” button or you may end up with the same version you’ve already printed. 🙂


    Thank you for this – our church is going to try it this Christmas.


    This is a gorgeous arrangement! I am wondering if you can upload the file so that I can transpose it down to Ab to fit my voice better? 🙂 I understand that there needs to be a file on here first. When might I be able to expect that? 🙂

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