After posting the story behind my favorite Christmas Carol, O Holy Night, I decided to continue the theme. Today, I’ll share about another favorite – Silent Night.
A search of the internet will lead to various stories behind this song written by Fr. Joseph Mohr (lyrics) and Franz Xaver Gruber (music).
However, all point to the first singing of this song on Christmas Eve, 1818. It occurred at St Nicholas Church in the village of Oberndorf, Austria, accompanied only by Gruber’s guitar.
To read an account of the story click here.
Here is a video of Silent Night by John Denver – sung to the music of a guitar.