Christmas Carol Spotlight: Silent Night

Christmas Carol Spotlight: Silent Night – The history of and lyrics to “Silent Night.” #SilentNight

Christmas Carol Spotlight: Silent Night

Christmas Carol Spotlight: Silent Night - The history of and lyrics to "Silent Night." #SilentNight
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In 2018, this popular Christmas carol celebrated the 200th anniversary of its first performance. The lyrics were written by Austrian Roman Catholic priest Joseph Mohr in 1816. Over the years, the melody has been credited to the likes of legendary composers such as Mozart and Beethoven. However, a manuscript handwritten by Mohr and discovered in 1995 revealed that the Austrian composer Franz Xaver Gruber composed the music to this beloved song.

Silent Night Lyrics

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 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.

Lyrics written by Joseph Mohr

Lyrics courtesy of Lyricsforchristmas.com

Christmas Carol Spotlights

Here are some Christmas Carols or Christmas music spotlights. Check them out!

  1. A-Z of Christmas Music
  2. Auld Lang Syne
  3. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
  4. The Christmas Song
  5. Deck the Halls
  6. The First Noel
  7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  8. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  9. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  10. Jingle Bell Rock
  11. Jingle Bells
  12. Let it Snow!
  13. Little Drummer Boy
  14. O Christmas Tree
  15. O Holy Night
  16. Silent Night
  17. Silver Bells
  18. There’ll be scary ghost stories
  19. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  20. Winter Wonderland

Be sure to check out these Christmas Songs with Storied Past!

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