Silent night ChristmasSilent Night is a carol that is used to conclude virtually every Christmas Eve service. The carol was written in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. Just  few years earlier (1816), Mohr had already written the lyrics of the song “Stille Nacht.”  The last verse contains the wonderful message of redemption –

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

Today, the carol has been translated into 140 languages. In fact, one of the special moments on each and every tour is to sing Silent Night in the Chapel of the Shepherds in Beit Sahour outside Bethlehem. Inevitably, there is another group somewhere from Europe or Asia who join us in singing this amazing carol in their own language. It always provides, as we say, “a little taste of heaven” when we sing the same tune together but in our own language. Quite simply, it is a goose-bump moment!

chapel of the shepherds

Inside the “Chapel of the Shepherds” in Beit Sahour

O Holy Night is also a carol used on Christmas Eve. It was composed by Frenchmen Adolphe Adam in 1847. The last three lines of the son are most powerful –

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

Enjoy this harmonious and unique version of Silent Night sung by Sam Robson. This gentleman is unique in how he blends his voice into an amazing sound of Christmas!

Enjoy also this harmonious version of O Holy Night:

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