O Holy Night

My mother’s favorite Christmas hymn was always O Holy Night. And so, when she lay in a hospice residence at the age of 80, taking her last dying breaths on December 7, 2006 (eleven years ago tomorrow) and I heard this version of O Holy Night come on the radio playing softly in the background, I felt somewhat of a saintly presence. To have this beautiful and elegant Christmas hymn, her favorite, usher my mother into the arms of Jesus, was beyond comforting to me. I remember shortly after her death, telling a clergyman that when I realized my mother was in fact actively dying and further realized that O Holy Night  was on the radio, I experienced a rather bizarre and strong warm tingling sensation all throughout my body. I was told it was likely the angelic presence in the room. And though my mother was in fact dying, the feelings of peace and comfort I felt at that moment far surpassed any sad feelings I had. To this day, I can’t listen to this song without tears.

As a side note, as I was finishing this post, I heard this version of Celine Dion’s O Holy Night playing on the radio in the next room. Don’t you love it when things like that happen?  

Gail ♥ 

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About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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15 Responses to O Holy Night

  1. I love her rendition of O Holy Night

  2. Wind Kisses says:

    I love this Gail. And no…it is not a coincidence.

    For me this song brings me to tears for a different reason. My daughter (who is now 34) learned to sign this when she was 6 and performed it during a hula concert. It was one of my most precious memories of her. Hope you have a nice Christmas. Donna.

    • Gail says:

      What a sweet memory and one you’ll always have to cherish! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I hope you have a nice Christmas as well.

  3. What a touching story. Thanks for sharing

  4. PJ says:

    Tears flowing now! I love this song and always think of Mother when I hear it.

  5. curioussteph says:

    One of my favorite carols, as well. A lovely story, thanks!

  6. Gail, thank you for sharing such a meaningful reflection. As a soprano, O Holy Night is perfectly suited to my voice and is one of those pieces that transports me, especially when I’m am singing, as “those who sing, pray twice.”

    As a daughter, I share your loss as my mother recently passed away at the age of 97. In the weeks leading to her death, I sang her favorite hymns and the glorious Cuban music of her homeland. Your post has brought a smile to my face, even as thoughts tug at my heart.

    Please and blessings to you.

    • Gail says:

      I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. How blessed she was to have her daughter sing her favorite hymns to her and the music of her homeland as she left this earth! I am sure it was a tremendous comfort to her.

      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I pray that the beautiful memories of your mom may bless and sustain you through this time when your heart is grieving.

  7. Thank you for sharing something so personal and spiritually moving.

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