“On a silent night more than 2,000 years ago, Jesus was born in the midst of concerns and problems. “If only we had the potion to reinvent that!”. The story goes that when the church organ broke down on Christmas eve in 1818, Josef asked Franz Gruber (1787–1863) to compose a melody to the poem. The Rainer family singers, a traveling singing group from Austria, then brought it to America, performing the song in 1839 at Trinity Church. Wien Telephone: The lyrics of “Silent Night” have always carried an important message for Christmas Eve observances in churches around the world. This carol, which was written by two Frenchmen in 1847, holds wisdom that is applicable to the twenty-first century American. When I was a boy, churches and libraries were reliable places of peace and quiet, but nowadays it seems, at least in my experience, that even those former bastions of noiselessness are filled with chatter and conversation. Franz Gruber, the composer of “Silent Night,” in a portrait by Sebastian Stief. Unusually for the time, Joseph Mohr, a priest from Salzburg, wrote the lyrics in German. 00800 400 200 00 Gordon Coleman on Vandalism at a Historic Black Baptist Church, 147. The “Silent Night” carol. A writer's purpose can usually be found in the themes that he develops in his work. Österreich Werbung For a long time, I didn’t know anything about the origin of this song. Over and over again. On the guitar, “Silent Night” sounds like a lullaby, according to the hymnologist. During that brief respite from fighting, British and German troops set down their weapons and sang “Silent Night,” among other carols. Silent Night, Holy Night Mindful of mankind’s plight The Lord in Heav’n on high decreed From earthly woes we would be freed Jesus, God’s promise for peace. Throughout the world, "Silent Night" which has been translated into more than 250 languages, is an anchor for Christmas celebrations. Oberndorf – the place where Silent Night was born. Gentle tunes and soothing words that touch the soul: The magic of “Silent Night” has remained uninterrupted for more than 200 years. Our holiday experts are here to assist you with your holiday planning. Sleep in heavenly peace. “It’s just a very hushed, calm, just unified spirit that kind of takes over, and it is very moving,” Calhoun said. But the song’s lilting melody and … Their handiwork left the church’s priest, the Rev. For countless churchgoers, though, that moment of quiet reflection captures what Christmas is all about — a moment amid the noise of the holidays when all is calm and bright. There’s always a tense moment when the lights dim and candle flames drift, and once, Calhoun remembers someone’s hair catching fire during a service. Discover the lyrics and story of "Silent Night" along with music videos below! So he dashed off a few lines about the night Jesus was born and asked composer Franz Xaver Gruber to set the lyrics to a simple tune, played on guitar. The lyrics and music paint a scene, and it “doesn’t try to do too much,” he said. The minions notwithstanding, "Silent Night" is a much-loved carol, and may be one of the few cultural icons left to us that honors silence. Sleep in heavenly peace. Irish choir offers up a multilingual message of hope for migrants on Silent Night - Independent.ie A choir that boasts 100 members from 24 different … If you want to know more you should visit the Stille Nacht Museum in Oberdorf. It’s a moment to gather with family and friends to remember a holy infant so tender and mild. The events included a concert late last month at Trinity Church, a historic Episcopal church in New York City, where it is believed the song first was performed in the United States. “I think even just the title of the song in and of itself speaks to people.”. Series: Sermons. Oh silent night, oh Holy night… A Christmas message & Video Christmas Card From Dr. David Duke Written and spoken on Christmas Eve by David Duke. When Wiesel writes about the cruelty of the Nazi soldiers in the concentration camps, he is developing the theme of man's inhumanity to man. Today, it is considered a world peace song and was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011. As you have probably guessed the song is “Silent Night.” This song has the ability to bring peace to even the most troubled heart and to carry the message of Christmas across cultural and denominational boundaries. God sends his Son to earth below A Child from whom all blessings flow Jesus, embraces mankind. Silent Night! The song “Silent Night” has been seen as a hopeful message about the human condition since its very creation. 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Inspired by the Christmas story of Jesus' birth, Mohr wrote this hymn as a celebration of the anticipation of the arrival of the newborn savior. Send us a message and we will get back you as soon as we can. After its debut, it spread as a folk song, said Paul Westermeyer, professor emeritus of church music at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Its gentle 6/8 time signature mimicks a mother rocking her child — appropriate alongside lyrics about the baby Jesus sleeping in heavenly peace. Might it not have been the message in a dream to the sleeping world of how simple and peaceful life would be and should be, without the heavy demands of human attachments and vanities, and the drumming noise of enmities with others and with one’s conscience over fame and fortune? holy night! That birth has given us a promise of peace—not peace from the … They performed this carol at trade fairs in Germany, and brought it to the court of the King of Prussia: in 1854, the Royal Court’s Director of Music requested a copy of the carol, and its composer Gruber then wrote down the history of its creation, which describes the Christmas Eve of 1818 in Oberndorf in authentic detail. A stained-glass window of Joseph Mohr, the author of the “Silent Night” poem, at the Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf, Austria. Operavore keeps its finger on the pulse of the international opera scene. A year later, Gruber composes a moving melody to accompany it. *toll-free; calls from mobile networks may incur charges, Welcome to the Holiday Information Service. Image courtesy of Creative Commons(RNS) — It was the night before Christmas, and not a creature was stirring. For centuries, the song has crossed borders and overcome crises. He also talks about Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, who is a member at Third Baptist. If you've ever witnessed a birth, it's not exactly a silent affair. The key to singing Silent Night is knowing the lyrics to the song. It touches people from all nations and cultures: the carol “Silent Night, Holy Night!” is an expression of the deepest reflection and spiritual longing for peace. In 1815 Mohr was ordained a Roman Catholic priest. Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child. (This episode is sponsored in part…, https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/adjective/146._Ryan_Burge_on_Religion_Politics__the_2020_Election.mp3, A stylized score of “Silent Night.” The Christian world is marking the famous hymn’s 200th anniversary this year. This early version of “Silent Night” by Bing Crosby is an absolute Christmas classic. On the guitar, “Silent Night” sounds like a lullaby, according to the hymnologist. He also discusses ministry during coronavirus and the rise of the nones. Gruber, in a later account, only noted that the song received approval. Its lullaby-like melody and simple message of heavenly peace can be heard from small town A heavenly coincidence brings two people together in Oberndorf, near Salzburg. This becomes poignantly evident when we see changes in Elie himself. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011. In Elie Wiesel's Night, there are several themes that run throughout the work. Using a soft cloth or a toothpick to clean the switch button and make sure there is no dirt/dust in it. Photo courtesy of Creative CommonsBetsy Calhoun, director of music at St. John’s, said the church wasn’t aware of its ties to the origins of “Silent Night” until this past year, when a musicologist researching the 200th anniversary of the song reached out to the church. The church also has ties to another famed Christmas carol: It’s home to the organ on which James L. Pierpont composed “Jingle Bells.”. A heavenly coincidence brings two people together in Oberndorf, near Salzburg. Image courtesy of Creative Commons, Franz Gruber, the composer of “Silent Night,” in a portrait by Sebastian Stief. How Silent Night was received by the Oberndorf congregation that first night is unknown. It’s true that the words of the carol have traveled on the wings of the music, but anyone who listens to it will recognize the joyous delight at the wonderful secret of birth. At one point he tells the reader that because of his hunger and deprivation, he had become nothing more than \"a stomach.\" Moreover, the boatmen of Oberndorf had been going through hard times for years. While “Silent Night” may have been performed for the first time 200 years ago, Mohr had penned the poem a bit earlier, amid a trying time in Austria’s history at the end of the Napoleonic wars. Outside of our office hours please drop us an email and we'll be happy to answer your questions. "Silent Night, Holy Night" may be the world's most famous Christmas carol. Christmas is even more than a religious moment. Singing carols is as old as Christmas itself, Keith Getty noted in an email to Religion News Service. Simply drop us an e-mail and we'll be happy to answer your questions: info@austria.info, If you’re in the UK, you can also call us at 00800 400 200 00* Silent Night, Holy Night – a song which evokes so many emotions! The world’s most popular Christmas carol is born! Sometimes, the switch may be broken or faulty, then your device could go silent at inopportune moments. Holy Night” Sleeps the world in peace tonight. Jesus, embraces mankind. "Silent Night" (German: "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht") is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. Gruber and his lyricist friend Joseph Mohr molded this message into musical form as a symbolic salve against a political order that had split their village up between Austria and Bavaria and forced it to secularize. Subscribe to our free e-newsletter and receive the latest news, valuable information and special offers for your trip to Austria. Post a Comment Operavore. A song that promises consolation and gives hope. Holy Infant so tender and mild. All is calm, all is bright. St. John’s, like many other churches, has ended its Christmas Eve services for years with “Silent Night,” sung a capella by candlelight. Vernon, Illinois, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor about religious voting trends in the 2020 election. Give us a call Monday to Friday from 8am to noon. Even when he arrives there, he has the words for the carol with him; he had written it as a poem. 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Image courtesy of Creative CommonsBetter known as “Silent Night,” the song would go on to become one of the season’s most beloved Christmas carols, translated into more than 300 languages and sung all over the world by artists from Bing Crosby to Beyoncé. The Strasser sisters spread the carol across northern Europe. At that time, the Napoleonic Wars had just devastated Europe and redrawn national borders. But the details don’t quite match the legend. The teacher Franz Xaver Gruber is the organist in Saint Nicholas’ church, and Josef Mohr is the priest there from 1817 to 1819. Translated from German into over 300 languages, apart its religious meaning, for many people it … Except for the mice at St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf, Austria, who were busy chewing through the bellows of the organ. The contrast between the carol’s message of tranquillity and hope and the violence of war is obvious and compelling, but the intimacy and simplicity of Gruber’s music is … So no, it's not a reference to anything beyond the idea that the carol "Silent Night" presents a rather idealized version of the nativity that just isn't particularly realistic. ... Scripture seems to be silent. Joseph Mohr was born in the year 1792 in Salzburg, Austria. The fact that this carol became known beyond Austria’s borders so soon after it was finished, in an era without media and data carriers, owes every bit as much to its inner power as to traveling merchants who were also singers. Amos C. Brown on Social Justice & Kamala Harris, 146. Silent Night, Holy Night December 6, 2009 Morning Service Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK Rick Boyne Message Point: The sacrifice of Christ was not a small thing. The teacher Franz Xaver Gruber is the organist in Saint Nicholas’ church, and Josef Mohr is the priest there from 1817 to 1819. Focus Passage: 2 Corinthians 8:9 Introduction: I. But “Silent Night” is unique, he said. Kelly Clarkson and the Vienna Boys Choir are filling a "Silent Night" with music. Against this general mood of oppression, Mohr and Gruber wanted to give some hope. 6. 5. A stylized score of “Silent Night.” The Christian world is marking the famous hymn’s 200th anniversary this year. Christmas is the most holy day for the European people wherever we are in the world from Siberia to San Francisco, from Alaska to Auckland. Joseph Mohr, scrambling to find music for a Christmas Eve service. All is calm, all is bright, 'Round yon virgin mother and Child! The story of Christmas and the birth of Jesus, he said, begins with Mary, Zechariah, Simeon and angelic choirs all bursting into songs. The Message of the Silent Years. On that night 200 years ago, the two stood in front of the church’s nativity set and performed a song that began with words “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht.”. The world that came later knows that they succeeded. In 1834, they performed "Silent Night" for … Vordere Zollamtsstraße 13 On the evening of December 24, 1818, it gets its first performance. “Its simplicity makes it easily accessible even for kids — both lyric and melody are haunting, unique and yet painfully simple,” Getty said. Wien Our travel experts are here to assist you with planning your trip. “We seem to live in such a noisy chapter in history,” Lee said. (This episode is sponsored in part by the Cooperative…, https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/adjective/147._Amos_C._Brown_on_Social_Justice__Kamala_Harris.mp3, Ryan Burge, assistant professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University and pastor of First Baptist Church in Mt. "Silent Night" is a well-known Christmas hymn with lyrics written by Joseph Mohr in 1816. Add to this that it was a birth in a stable where there were animals presumably making all kinds of noises, you have quite the noisy affair.. Moody also planned its annual Candlelight Carols program around the song — linking it to the famed Christmas Eve truce during World War I. It touches people from all nations and cultures: the carol “Silent Night, Holy Night!” is an expression of the deepest reflection and spiritual longing for peace. Silent night! Silent night, holy night! The broadcast will chronicle the tale behind the creation of “Silent Night,” which was written and composed by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber in 1818 as a message of hope and peace. A-1030 Elie Wiesel explores silence against the backdrop of exterior and interior antagonism in his novel Night. You can find earlier Word&Way coverage about the church and…, https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/adjective/148._Gordon_Coleman_on_Vandalism_at_a_Historic_Black_Baptist_Church.mp3, Amos C. Brown, pastor of Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, talks with Word&Way Editor & President Brian Kaylor about the civil rights movement, social justice advocacy, and ministering during coronavirus. Its gentle 6/8 time signature mimicks a mother rocking her child — appropriate alongside lyrics about the baby Jesus sleeping in heavenly peace. Some facts about Silent Night: The original lyrics comes from a poem written in 1816 by the austrian priest Josef Mohr (1792–1848). Part of the song’s genius is its simplicity, said Michael Hawn, a global hymnologist and professor emeritus of church music at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. You can find the silent switch just above the volume buttons on your iPhone. The main purpose of the two main domains www.austria.info and www.austriatourism.com is the promotion of Austria as a holiday destination. A Christmas Carol Goes Around the World But the familiar melody we recognize today as “Silent Night” or “Stille Nacht” is not quite the same one that Franz Gruber composed, and although the song was not truly “lost” or “forgotten” — as legend would have it — the world-famous carol did take many years to become as well known and as ubiquitous as it is today. Legends aside, the song endures in part because it brings a sense of calm to the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, said Brian Lee, head of the music department at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Most of the story about its origins is true. The Real Message of Christmas. Silent Night, Holy Night — that was the first Christmas. In Austria, where “Silent Night” has been declared part of the nation’s cultural heritage, the country’s tourism office has planned a number of events, including concerts and exhibits, to celebrate the song’s anniversary this year. 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