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Cantique de Noël

25 December 2009

If this doesn’t make you shiver, you might not have a soul. (Lyrics in French and English below)

French:

Minuit, chrétiens, c’est l’heure solennelle,
où l’Homme-Dieu descendit jusqu’à nous,
pour effacer la tache originelle
et de Son Père arrêter le courroux.
Le monde entier tressaille d’espérance
en cette nuit qui lui donne un Sauveur.

Peuple à genoux, attends ta délivrance.
Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur,
Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur !

Le Rédempteur a brisé toute entrave :
la terre est libre, et le ciel est ouvert.
Il voit un frère où n’était qu’un esclave,
L’amour unit ceux qu’enchaînait le fer.
Qui Lui dira notre reconnaissance,
C’est pour nous tous qu’Il naît, qu’Il souffre et meurt.

Peuple debout ! Chante ta délivrance,
Noël, Noël, chantons le Rédempteur,
Noël, Noël, chantons le Rédempteur !

English translation (not English version):

Midnight, Christians, it’s the solemn hour,
when God-man descended to us,
to erase the stain of original sin
and to end the wrath of His Father.
The entire world thrills with hope
On this night that gives it a Savior.

People kneel down, wait for your deliverance.
Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer,
Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer!

The Redeemer has overcome every obstacle:
The Earth is free, and Heaven is open.
He sees a brother where there was only a slave,
Love unites those that iron had chained.
Who will tell Him of our gratitude,
It’s for all of us that He is born, that He suffers and dies.

People stand up! Sing of your deliverance,
Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer,
Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer!

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