A blog about current Christian songs that have strong, deep lyrics and can be used in contemporary or blended Christian Worship formats.

Silent Night (Emmanuel)

Today’s strong worship song is Matt Maher’s Silent Night (Emmanuel). Silent Night is obviously not a new song. It was written about 200 years ago, and has become the most popular Christmas song ever. Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel is also not new. It was written about 800 years ago! Matt Maher brilliantly combines these two traditional  Christmas hymns into a fresh song. He somehow preserves the original  tunes, as he subtly connects them. Matt also adds his own rich words to the bridge.  I love this song!  Be sure to not only listen to the song on the first YouTube link, but also to Matt Maher’s explanation of the song. Enjoy.

Silent Night (Emmanuel)


Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and Child
Holy Infant, so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heav’nly hosts sing alleluia
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born

O come, O come Emmanuel
And ransom captive hearts that fell
Bring peace on Earth and love’s goodwill
To everyone
For You so loved the world You gave
Your life for us to heal and save
We see the echoes of Your grace
To everyone

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth


One response

  1. I also fell in love with this arrangement when I first heard it. This is Matt Maher at his best: solo, with just an acoustic guitar, his incredible voice, and a mic. What also surprises me is Maher’s guitar prowess. Those are some pretty awesome finger picking, patterns, sliding around, and upper neck harmonics that he’s tapping out there, and all while singing from his heart. This is not easy to do. Thanks for putting these two videos together.

    December 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

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