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How Can a Weary World Rejoice?


And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” — Luke 2:10-11 (ESV)

As you look into the faces of people from around the world, we invite you to hear the profound words of “O Holy Night.” We pray that the words remind you of Jesus—our Immanuel, God with us, who entered into our weary and broken humanity to bring good news to all the people.


“O Holy Night”

Papua New Guinea

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,


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


Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

Middle East

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.


A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,

South Asia

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

East Asia

Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!


O night divine, O night when Christ was born.


Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,

South Asia

With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.

South Asia

So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from the Orient land.

South Asia

The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;


In all our trials born to be our friend.

Middle East

He knows our need, to our weaknesses no stranger,


Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!


Truly He taught us to love one another;

South Asia

His law is love and His gospel is peace.


Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;

United States of America

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! O praise His Name forever,

Sierra Leone

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

South Asia

Introduction by Rachel Geckle; English lyrics translated by John Sullivan Dwight; reading by Tim Morgan.

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Ted Wilcox
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Ted loves zigzagging the globe, capturing photos and stories of what God is doing. Originally from California, he serves as a missionary photojournalist with Cru® in Orlando, Florida. Ted also ministers to international scholars who come to Orlando to study.

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Mike serves as a video producer with Cru® in Orlando, Florida. He graduated in 2007 from West Chester University with a degree in communications. Mike has read more than 6,000 comic books and is able to have a casual conversation with anyone about Superman, as well as an in-depth discourse on his Pre/Post-Crisis and even New 52 continuities and histories.

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