Uncategorized

A CAROL FOR TODAY: SILENT NIGHT

By December 10, 2014 2 Comments

 

Slide1

On Christmas Eve 1818, a song was born that would find its way into the hearts of people throughout the world.

Its songwriters could hardly imagine the impact their composition would have on the world.

Now translated into hundreds of languages, it is sung by countless millions every December from great cathedrals in Antwerp and Rome, to fireside sing-a-longs in St Albert.

THE MOST RECORDED CAROL OF ALL TIME

It is the most recorded Christmas song of all time and the most downloaded from iTunes.

“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.”

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

The song was heard for the first time in a village church in Oberndorf, Austria. The Internet is filled with a plethora of stories, each telling the supposed back story of the song. No one knows for certain how this carol was inspired.

What is known with certainty is the song debuted at Midnight Mass in St. Nicholas Church. The assistant pastor, Joseph Mohr, accompanied on guitar by the choir director, Franz Xaver Gruber, were the first to give voice to “Silent Night” or “Stille Nacht.”

HISTORIC BATTLEFIELDS

Of all the testaments to the song’s widespread endearment none speak louder than the historic role it played on the battlefields of WW1.

As Christmas 1914 approached the guns fell silent and their sounds were replaced with the sounds of a different silence – “Silent Night.” It was the one carol that soldiers on both sides of the front lines knew.

 

QUESTION: When was the first time you recall singing the carol “Silent Night?” Please leave a comment below.


Like this? Pass it on, and follow for more.

I’m writing in order to help people grow their faith in Jesus, build strong relationships and make their leadership effective. If this material is helpful to you, please follow me.

  • Subscribe. I’ll put helpful content into your email box on Mondays and Thursdays, as well as upcoming events at North Pointe Church.
  • Follow on Twitter. I daily tweet info I think you’ll be interested in.
  • Friend on Facebook. If you “like” our page, let me know you found me here.
  • Connect on Linkedin. I like this because it reminds me what people think I’m good at.
Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

More posts by Bob Jones

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • adena lowry says:

    In the film, Joyeux Noel, the true story of the truce on Christmas Eve 1914 is told from the battle lines. It shows how the soldiers from the 2 sides get to know one another, share parts of their lives with each other although they are enemies, and celebrate Christmas even for a short time. It’s amazing how we truly want to get along with one another and just be “known” by someone else.

    My favorite Christmas carol lines are from, “Away in a Manger”

    I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky.
    And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

    It reminds me that Jesus is with me all the time and that he stands by my side as in 2 Timothy 4:17 ” But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength…”

    Read more: Christmas Carols – Away In A Manger Lyrics | MetroLyrics

  • bob jones says:

    War is impersonal. That’s why it seems that all of crave to be known and understood. Once truly understood there is less inclination to act murderously towards others.

    Great carol – “Away in a Manger” – we’ll be singing it Christmas Eve.

Leave a Reply