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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 named

Joseph Mohr.

On Christmas Eve in 1818 in the small village called Oberndorf it is reputed that the organ at St. Nicolas' Church had broken.

Joseph Mohr gave the poem of Silent Night (Stille Nacht) to his friend Franz Xavier Gruber & the melody for

Silent Night was composed with this in mind.

The music to Silent Night was therefore intended for a guitar & the simple score was finished in time for Midnight Mass.

Silent Night is the most famous Christmas carol of all time!

Silent Night, in addition to being the most popular Christmas carol around the world, is also the song that stopped a war.

On Christmas Eve during World War I, German soldiers in the trenches held up a Christmas trees lit with candles & a few of the

         soldiers began singing Silent Night.  Soon others along the German line joined in & then the British soldiers recognizing the melody,

joined time in the singing of this beautiful song.

Soldiers from both sides left the trenches & met in the middle & some of the even exchanged gifts.

An undeclared truce began & there was no more fighting for the remainder of the 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, holy night
Wondrous star, lend thy light;
With the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

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