Friday, December 28, 2018

Wow famous Carol "Silent Night" celebrates 200th Anniversary of Origin in Austria and written by Priest - #SilentNight


The Christmas Carol, "Silent Night" is  200 a years old. The famous Christmas carol was sung publicly for the first time in December 1818 in an Austrian Church.
 200 years after it was first performed, many still sing "Stille Nacht," known in English as "Silent Night."

This Christmas carol  briefly silenced guns and  in World War One and other wars.

The lyrics of "Silent Night," were written in German by priest Joseph Mohr in Salzburg when in the parish at Oberndorf (pictured above) and he asked the local  organist Franz Xaver Gruber to compose music for his poem.

It was played for the first time by Joseph  Mohr on December 24, 1818, and sang together with Franz Xaver Gruber, the composer of the melody. It is thought that mice destroyed the organ just a few days before Christmas Eve and that they had to find another instrument; so it was played on guitar.

The Silent Night lyrics have been translated it nearly 300 languages and dialects.
German lyricsTranslation by John Young - English lyrics
Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Halleluja,
Tönt es laut von fern und nah:
Christ, der Retter ist da!
Christ, der Retter ist da!

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht
Lieb' aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund'.
Christ, in deiner Geburt!
Christ, in deiner Geburt!
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.


The Austrian UNESCO Commission has listed "Silent Night" as part of the  Cultural Heritage of Austria. 

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