The 12 Days Leading to Christmas – Day 11 – “All My Heart This Night Rejoices”

David Stertz
December 24, 2022

This is day 11 of “The 12 Days Leading to Christmas.”  Each day I am highlighting a Christmas hymn that is worth our listening to as Christians this Christmas season. You can read more about the goal of the series here.

Today I highlight for you “All My Heart This Night Rejoices.” This hymn was originally a German hymn written by the Lutheran Paul Gethardt. It was translated into English in the 1800s by Catherine Winkworth.

This hymn may be new to some of you but it is glorious! The poem leads us from the birth of Jesus to the implications of Jesus’ life, death, and promise of life with Him forever. 

Here are the lyrics:

All my heart this night rejoices
as I hear
far and near
sweetest angel voices.
“Christ is born!” their choirs are singing
till the air
now with joy is ringing.

Hear! The Conqueror has spoken:
“Now the foe,
sin and woe,
death and hell are broken!”
God is man, man to deliver,
and the Son
now is one
with our blood forever.

Should we fear our God’s displeasure,
who, to save,
freely gave
his most precious treasure?
To redeem us he has given
his own Son
from the throne
of his might in heaven.

See the Lamb, our sin once taking
to the cross,
suff’ring loss,
full atonement making.
For our life his own he tenders,
and his grace
all our race
fit for glory renders.

Softly from his lowly manger
Jesus calls one and all,
“You are safe from danger.
Children, from the sins that grieve you
you are freed;
all you need
I will surely give you.”

Come, then, banish all your sadness,
one and all,
great and small;
come with songs of gladness;
we shall live with him forever
there on high
in that joy
which will vanish never.

Simple Choir:


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Choral Arrangement (My opinion – you want headphones on for this one!):


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