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Silent Night! Holy Night!
“While Joseph and Mary were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a Son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6, 7
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, Heav’nly 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.
Only by happy coincidence did the names of the true authors of the song “Silent Night” come to light - thirty-six years after they wrote it. The story begins in 1818 in a church in the little Austrian town of Oberndorf. Shortly after Christmas Eve, a mouse ate a hole in the leather bellows of the church organ, effectively silencing it. The itinerant organ mender was not due in town for months, and music was needed for the Christmas Eve service. In three-and-one-half hours, Franz Gruber, the organist, composed music for a poem written by Josef Mohr, a priest. They called the hymn Song of Heaven. On Christmas Eve, the two men sang their composition accompanied by a guitar and children’s chorus. They were a great success.
A man from a nearby town happened to hear the song. Being impressed, the visitor memorized the words and music which he later taught to a traveling quartet. By 1831, thirteen years later, the Strasser Family Quartet was billing “Silent Night,” one of their numbers, as a Tyrolean folk song by authors unknown.
Time went by, and soon the now-popular song was being attributed to several famous composers. In 1854, the leader of the king’s orchestra in Berlin wrote to the choir director of the Benedictine school in Salzburg, asking for a copy of “Silent Night” by Michael Haydn, brother of the more famous composer, Franz Joseph Haydn. The choir director asked a student - who happened to be Felix Gruber, Franz Gruber’s son - to find a copy. It was then he learned that his father’s song had been memorized, sung for 36 years and had become the most beloved Christmas hymn of all time under another name - Silent Night. At that late date, the fact meant little, financially, to Franz Gruber who remained an obscure and impoverished organist until his death in 1863.
Like Franz Gruber, Mary’s little boy was humbly born. Today, the organist’s name is shown on every copy of this beloved song; Jesus’ name has been repeated by generations as our Savior – the King of kings and Lord of lords!
About the Author: Eleanor Gale lives in southern New Jersey. The eldest of six children from a close Christian family (41 & 2 on the way; 4 generations / country wide), her two children, their spouses and her two grandchildren are her greatest joys in life. Although she suffers from Chronic Lyme Disease, IBS, Fibromyalgia, and Diabetes – she serves God as He calls her, where He calls her, when He calls her – all in His power and strength. @ 3/05 Eleanor Gale dma A Sister’s Hugs; ChIPS
Visit her website at http://home.comcast.net/~sistershugs.