Silent Night


The origin of the Christmas carol we know as Silent Night was a poem that was written in 1816 in the alpine village called Mariapfarr by Joseph Mohr (dec-11th-1792, dec-4th-1848) an Austrian Catholic priest, years later, in 1818 in the small alpine village called Oberndorf on Christmas Eve it is reputed that the organ at St. Nicholas Church had broken, and Joseph Mohr gave the poem of Silent Night (Stille Nacht) to his friend Franz Xavier Gruber and the melody for Silent Night was composed with this in mind. The music to Silent Night was therefore intended for a guitar and the simple score was finished in time for Midnight Mass (dec-24th-1818). Silent Night is the most famous Christmas carol of all time!

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 Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour 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


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  1. Surely it is the most popular Christmas song. The one I remember we sang as children in the 60’s at St Patricks church Sha Nigeria and the whole congregation joined in Hausa (Daren nan maisarki…)


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