Silent Night

The song Silent Night is the world’s most popular, loved and recorded Christmas song of all time. It is also my personal favorite. The inspired lyrics were penned by Josef Mohr as a poem and the music was composed by Frank Xaver Gruber. It was first performed in 1818 at St. Nicholas Parish Church in Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria and was first published in America in 1863 during the Civil War. It is simply the most beloved Christmas song of all ages.

It depicts a peace and stillness in our lives that we all are looking and longing for. The image is to be fully and completely at rest. The song is not just a beautiful melody, but in my opinion, is about the story of how you are God’s child and how he wants that kind of peace and rest for you and me. He wants our trust in all things and he wants us to cast our worries to him and be full of joy.

It might be worth reading these 1818 lyrics again this holiday season.

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.

I trust your Christmas is at peace and with joy. KT

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