Glories stream from afar

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Perhaps the most beloved Christmas carol of all time, Silent Night was first heard on Christmas Eve in 1818 at the St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Germany. It was originally written in 1816 by a young Catholic priest, Father Joseph Mohr. When transferred to St Nicholas, he asked the organist,  Franz Xaver Gruber, to set it to music with just two soloists and guitar accompaniment.

Since then, the song has gone through many translations and recorded by almost every artist who has a Christmas album. The music and lyrics are considered pubic domain, and the song is a staple at almost every church’s Christmas Eve worship service, worldwide.

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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6 thoughts on “Glories stream from afar

  1. It would not be Christmas without Silent Night – but in Christmas music I am pretty much a traditionalist, not being overly fond of most “new” Christmas music. I also think it’s important that the music reflects the real reason for the holiday.


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