Silent Night was first performed on Christmas Eve in 1818 at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, a village on the Salzach river in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was composed in by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr.
Mohr worked as a coadjutor in 1816, when he came up with the lyrics to Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht as it is said in German or Silent Night, while working for his father in Mariapfarr, in the Salzburg Lungau region. Franz Xaver Gruber, was the schoolmaster and organist in Arnsdorf, and Mohr asked in to write a melody for his lyrics. After the melody was written, they performed it together at St Nicholas parish church.
Silent Night as been translated and sung in over 140 languages.
This song touches our hearts, thinking of family and love. Religion is only part of the story of this song. It reminds me of times with my family, since the song is the story of a family. Whether or not you are religious, the song speaks of love, Christ is only part of this story. What you feel is the rest.
Below is Bing Crosby and the Bob Mitchell Boy’s Choir singing Silent Night.