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Peace on Earth 2: A Carol for Our Saturday – “Silent Night”

Peace on Earth Day 2 – A Carol for Our Saturday – “Silent Night”

Written by Joseph Mohr and arranged by a friend of his, this song was first presented to Mohr’s congregation in Oberndorf on Christmas Eve, 1818. Mohr’s church family was poverty-stricken, traumatized and hungry from the previous years. They had experienced political and social fallout due to war, and endured an extremely cold year that had snow even in the summer, resulting in failed crops and famine. Mount Tambora had erupted, raining volcanic ash all over the region, which caused continuous storms. The people were tired and certainly desperate for peace.

Understanding the setting of these lyrics opens our eyes and hearts to the peace these people longed for. This peace is found through the Child born long ago on that beautiful, monumental night on which our Savior came. May we spend a moment enjoying the truth of these words and remember that scene so tender and holy. 

Silent Night

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 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.

Silent night, holy night!
Wondrous star, lend thy light;
With the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

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