Silent Night and its History

Silent Night

Standing singing Silent Night, Holy Night“ in the memorial chapel in Oberndorf on Christmas Eve with hundreds from throughout the world singing of the world’s most famous Christmas carol is something that touches the hardest of souls.

You’ll feel a chill when you join the chorus singing a song which spread from this very spot to the entire world! The local priest, Josef Mohr, wrote the words in 1816 and Franz Xavier Gruber composed the famous tune two years later. “Silent Night” spread first throughout Europe and then to the United States and the world. Near the memorial chapel, you’ll find the Gruber-Mohr memorial and an exhibit about the history of “Silent Night” in the local museum.

The pink building next to the chapel is the vicarage in which Joseph Mohr lived while serving in Oberndorf between 1817 and 1819. Oberndorf is about ½ hour by car/bus outside of Salzburg and you’ll want to take a photo before the small chapel.

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 Hallelujah
Christ, the Savior is born
Christ, the Savior 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

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