December 24 – 1818 = 1st Performance of Silent Night
Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Josepf Mohr, a priest in the Austrian village of Obendorf composed the words to this now famous Christmas hymn. Mohr took the words to his church’s organist, Franz Gruber, for the melody and music for a guitar to play hymn. So on Christmas Eve, 1818, Silent Night was first performed on guitar by Mohr and Gruber. Almost a century later it is probably that Silent Night was one of the hymns that helped start the Christmas Truce during WWI. In Belgium along the front lines of the trenches on Christmas Eve 1914, the Germans began singing German Christmas hymns and the English would respond with one of their Christmas hymns. This went back and forth for a time until the English began to sing “O Come All Ye Faithful”. During this the Germans sang along using the Latin words. The truce would last but for a time, but many stories and books have referred to it as “Silent Night, the Christmas truce”. Such is the power of the memory of the birth of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who proclaimed Peace on earth and good will toward man!
Category: history devotional