Joseph Mohr 1792-1848
Joseph Mohr was a Catholic priest in the Australian Alps. Just before Christmas in 1818 the church organ broke down and they needed a Christmas song that could be sung without the organ.
He quickly wrote the words and gave them to the organist Franz Gruber. They had often talked and agreed the “perfect” Christmas song had not yet been written. As Gruber wrote the guitar music and read the words he knew this would finally be that perfect song.
After Christmas as the organ repairman saw the words and he took and shared them. As groups began to sing this hymn it quickly became a favorite as it still is today.
- 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, Heav’nly hosts sing Alleluia! 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.
- Silent night, holy night! Wondrous star, lend thy light; With the angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King; Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!