Welcome to our very first Advent Windows - for our first day we have the wonderful Christmas classic Silent Night.
It was 202 years ago when "Silent Night" was first heard by Austrian villagers attending Christmas Eve mass in St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf.
It's a song about a calm and bright silent night, and the wonder of a tender and mild newborn child, words written in 1816 by a young priest in Austria. Not long after
the Napoleonic wars had taken their toll.
The backstory is that the priest went for a walk before he wrote it, and he looked out over a very quiet, winter-laden town and was inspired by the link between the
peace of the village and the peace that has been brought about by God's son, we see this in the words:
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
It was Christmas Eve, 1818, when the now-famous carol was first performed as Stille Nacht Heilige Nacht. Joseph Mohr, the young priest who wrote the lyrics, played the guitar and sang along with Franz Xaver Gruber, the
choir director who had written the melody.
Angela Page – Priors Hall
The Carol, Silent Night, is very dear to my heart having first heard it sung in German by my Mother. The words express that feeling of love as the light beams out
from the church at Christmas Eve masses, whether in Germany or England, calling us to see the baby in the manger, just like the shepherd's.
Jane Toulson – Weldon
“it’s a beautiful, heart-warming classic Christmas carol”