Wednesday, December 24, 2014

This Day in Christian History: December 24

This Day in Christian History: December 24


December 24, 1818: The beloved hymn "Stille Nacht," or Silent Night was sung for the first time.


Franz Gruber
On December 5, we mentioned Joseph Mohr, who was the composer of the lyrics to "Stille Nacht".
Today, we're exploring how this hymn came to be.

 Joseph Mohr and his friend Franz Xaver Gruber were in need of a new Christmas Carol for their Christmas Eve midnight mass. On Christmas Eve, with the midnight mass only hours away, Joseph brought a poem that he'd written some time earlier to show Franz, who also was the organist and choir master at the church, in hopes that he might be able to set the poem to music. Franz did compose the melody, in only a few hours, and the song was performed for the very first time that night.

The song has gone on to become on of the most beloved Christmas Carols of all time and has been translated into about 140 languages. The lyrics to this song still touch our hearts today.

Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

Silent night, Holy night
Shepherds quake, at the sight
Glories stream from heaven above
Heavenly, hosts sing Hallelujah.
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born.

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas filled with His peace, love and joy! 

~Amber

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