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Q is for Quiet

Today's devotion is written by Marcy Hessinger:

Q is for Quiet

When I think of quiet in connection to Advent, I think of one of my favorite Christmas hymns, Silent Night, which describes in detail the silent, peaceful and calm night that Jesus was born. 

The lyrics to Silent Night were originally written in 1816 by an Austrian priest Josef Mohr whose parish was in a small town outside of Salzburg, Austria.  The music was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, the church organist and a local teacher, in 1818.   The story goes, that priest Mohr needed a hymn for Christmas services and he had written the lyrics and needed the music; he asked Mr. Gruber to compose the music, which he composed for guitar.  It was later composed for organ/piano.

I’ve included the words here as well as a few links to YouTube recordings of the song.  Click on the links below to hear the song in You Tube.  (YouTube often places ads at the beginning or on top of a video, so after a few seconds you can skip them or X them out.)

English (Kings College Choir, Cambridge)  -  https://youtu.be/n036kBC1HEw
English (Vancouver Youth Choir) - https://youtu.be/OlhxNPN_KI8
English (Trapp Family Singers) - https://youtu.be/VduA2GKZbag

German (Dresden Germany Choir) - https://youtu.be/aGA6djLsDgs
German (Vienna Boys Choir) - https://youtu.be/dG-62zBnKkQ

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 Alleluia,
Christ, the Saviour, is born!
Christ, the Saviour, 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.

For anyone interested in the German version, here’s the text:

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute hoch heilige Paar.
Holder Knab’ im lockigen Haar,
Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh!

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht
Lieb’ aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund’.
Jesus in deiner Geburt!
Jesus in deiner Geburt!

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Die der Welt Heil gebracht,
Aus des Himmels goldenen Höhn,
Uns der Gnaden Fülle läßt sehn,
Jesum in Menschengestalt!
Jesum in Menschengestalt!

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Wo sich heut alle Macht
Väterlicher Liebe ergoß,
Und als Bruder huldvoll umschloß
Jesus die Völker der Welt!
Jesus die Völker der Welt!

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Lange schon uns bedacht,
Als der Herr vom Grimme befreit
In der Väter urgrauer Zeit
Aller Welt Schonung verhieß!
Aller Welt Schonung verhieß!

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Alleluja,
Tönt es laut bei Ferne und Nah:
Jesus der Retter ist da!
Jesus der Retter ist da!

-Marcy Hessinger

The background art is from a photograph of the oldest known musical transcription of Stille Nacht.