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Silent Night, Holy Night celebrated by Christians across the Carolinas

The candlelight service at Milford Hills United Methodist Church, Salisbury The candlelight service at Milford Hills United Methodist Church, Salisbury
The candlelight service at First Baptist Church, Salisbury The candlelight service at First Baptist Church, Salisbury
Candlelight service at St. John's Lutheran Church Candlelight service at St. John's Lutheran Church
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - For millions of Christians around the world, and right here in the Carolinas, that "Silent Night" is here. 

In the Charlotte area thousands gathered in churches on Wednesday night for special services to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.  The services included prayer,  perhaps a sermon or meditation, and the singing of familiar hymns like "Joy To The World," "Away In A Manger," and "O Little Town of Bethlehem."

For many those services included the dimming of the lights and the illumination of candles.

Throughout Christendom, it's the acknowledgement of God coming to earth in the form of a child to take on the sin of the world, and the celebration of His humble birth as described in the Book of Luke: 

Luke 2 King James Version (KJV)

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
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