Friday, December 13, 2013

The Silent Night Story

The Silent Night Story-
OBERNDORF, Austria, Each year on December 24, a special passenger train pulled by a bright red electric locomotive heads out of the train station in Salzburg for a half-hour trip to the village of Oberndorf, A multitude of languages can be heard as passengers from all over the globe become Christmas pilgrims, heading for the birthplace of the world's best-loved Christmas carol "Silent Night,"
At the same time, the Oberndorf streets are crowded with cars bearing license plates from neighboring European Church can be seen across the nations and filled with people who have raced along the autobahns to arrive in time for the special Christmas Eve "Silent Night" twilight service.
Throughout the world; "Silent Night" which has been translated into more than 200 languages, is and anchor for Christmas celebrations. 
Its lullaby-like melody and simple message of heavenly peace can be
heard from small town street corners in mid-America to magnificent cathedrals in Europe and from outdoor candlelight concerts in Australia to palm thatched huts in northern Peru. 
The original church of St. Nicholas, where "Silent Night " was first heard in 1818, was torn down in the early part of this century after sustaining damage from the flooding of the nearby Salzach River. 
The Silent Night Chapel was erected on the spot in front of the main altar where Gruber and Mohr stood with the choir to sing the six-stanza carol. In a higher section of town, another church was built and the original pulpit and altars from the old church were moved there. 
At Christmas Midnight Mass, singers stand in front of the same altars and recreate the moment when the song heard 'round the world was 
first performed.  
by Bill Egan, Christmas Historian

Silent Night has always been one of my favorite Christmas Songs my dear Follower/Readers and When I found this story by Bill Egan I just loved it so much i just had to share with you all. I had never heard of the story behind the song of 'Silent Night' and when I found this I thought you all might like to know to in the Spirit of Christmas. Merry Christmas my dears only 12days..much love to your all. Wendy


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