Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Silent Night

On Christmas Eve in 1818,  at Midnight Mass in a tiny little church in Oberndorf, Austria the beautiful Christmas song Silent Night  was sung for the very first time.  

Family Nativity Scene
 Christ, The Saviour is Born

The original St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf, Austria where the first Silent Night was heard was removed due to flood damage in 1906. Now the Silent Night Chapel stands in its place.

St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf, Austria
Photo from the Internet

In the year 1818 the church organ at St. Nicholas Church was not working.  Father Joseph Mohr the local parish priest had written a poem a couple years before.  He took the poem to the local church organist, Franz Xaver Gruber and asked him to come up with a melody which could be played with his guitar, since the organ was not working.

On Christmas Eve, the little church congregation heard the church organist Franz Gruber and Father Mohr sing their new composition accompanied by Father Mohr's guitar.  

We all know the rest of the story ... The carol has been translated into about 140 languages and is now sung all over the world at Christmas time. 

If you would like, you can click on the below link to hear the beautiful Silent Night sung with guitar accompaniment.

The Saviour is Born.
Merry Christmas!
Wishing you Christmas blessings
wherever you may be. 

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