Silent Night

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What do 1818, 1918, and 2018 Have in common - Silent Night!

One of my favorite hymns is Silent Night. Originally composed in the German language it is now translated into 124 different languages, popular worldwide. The hymn was first sung in 1818 in a small Austrian parish church of St. Nicholas in Oberndorf, composed by a young priest, Father Joseph Mohr.

About 100 years later it was one of the hymns sung in both English and German in the trenches of WWI during the Christmas Truce of 1914 (the war ending in 1918). Music is something that binds people together and forges deep relationships. Often a church choir will have some of the most devoted people in the congregation. One of the reasons for gathering together for worship is the singing of our faith songs.

I hope you are able to come to our Christmas Eve service at 5 PM. We will be able to sing many classic Christmas hymns - with Silent Night by candle light.

Pastor Curtis

Image Credit: Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf bei SalzburgAustria. Photograph by Gakuro used under CC BY-SA 3.0