Sunday, April 5, 2009

Son-Day: "Silent Night"

...First there was a royal birth...

Amazing song and video...

Silent night

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Savior is born
Christ, the Savior is born

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!
The origin of the Christmas carol we know as Silent Night was a poem that was written in 1816 by an Austrian priest called Joseph Mohr. On Christmas Eve in 1818 in the small alpine village called Oberndorf it is reputed that the organ at St. Nicholas Church had broken. Joseph Mohr gave the poem of Silent Night (Stille Nacht) to his friend Franz Xavier Gruber and the melody for Silent Night was composed with this in mind. The music to Silent Night was therefore intended for a guitar and the simple score was finished in time for Midnight Mass. Silent Night is the most famous Christmas carol of all time!


Zaroga said...

It is such a beautiful song.

Susan said...

Thanks for posting the history of this wonderful Christmas song, especially as we celebrate Psalm Sunday when our Lord made his way into Jersulem. He is coming again!!!

Gail said...

Once again, I have learned from you. Thank you!

The Raggedy Girl said...

Happy Sunday To You
Full of God's Blessings

from Roberta Anne

Heather said...

silent night...this was my dad's favorite song. makes me cry whenever we sing it now.

Anonymous said...

How nice to know the origin of this beautiful song. I loved the video too.