Silent Night

It was early Christmas Eve in 1818 when the priests of St. Nicholas Church in Obernadorf, Austria, learned that the broken pipe organ would not be fixed in time for Midnight Mass.

Joseph Mohr, the assistant priest, was at first saddened by the news, but then moved in action. He sat down and wrote the first three stanzas of a song that could be easily sung a cappella or with guitar accompaniment. That night “Stille Nacht” – or “Silent Night” – was debuted at midnight mass and is now sung by millions of people each year in 180 languages.

Christmas is about the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It’s about the music and singing, spiritual, sentimental, whimsical, and humorous, Christmas puts all kinds of songs in our hearts and reminds us to sing. To sing of God’s grace and mercy come down in the form of Jesus Christ our Lord!

Lord, thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus. Thank You that we can celebrate His birth this time of year through our jubilant songs. Help me to think of and be grateful for Christ every time I sing! Amen. silentnight

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