Posted by: Larry Hoekman | December 16, 2014

Christmas Carols – Silent night!

Day 1905: Possibly the most famous song of all!

Scripture:  For today, in the city of David, there has been born for me a Savior, who is Christ the Lord!  Luke 2:11

Thoughts/questions:  There is a lot of folklore surrounding this most famous carol, but I believe the following to be well researched.  Silent Night is a poem. A young priest, Joseph Mohr, wrote it in Austria in 1816, and fortunately he kept this poem when he was soon transferred to another parish where he met its musical composer, Franz Gruber.  Together they first sang it at a Midnight Mass accompanied by Mohr’s guitar.  Minor changes have been made as this song has now traveled the world from its humble origins.

The punctuation in the first line is correct – nothing between all is bright and ‘round yon virgin.  This is where it was calm and bright – around Jesus and his virgin Mother.  Before this, I had always given the calm/bright words a grander/worldwide scope, but the song brings the focus to where it belongs – around Jesus!!!!

Where is your heart this Christmas and coming year?  Are you working hard to make your ‘world’ calm/bright, or having this calm result from seeking to develop your relationship with the Son of God, love’s pure light?  

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 Savior is born!  Christ, the Savior 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. 

Suggested prayer:  Jesus, at Christmas You are sung about as a Savior and Lord.  Help me to live every day acknowledging You as MY Savior and Lord . . .

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