Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My Favorite Christmas Carol

Since I've already admitted to not being able to carry a tune, blog caroling courtesy of footnoteMaven is the perfect way for me to go. There are so many choices as I just love Christmas music. However, I think my all-time favorite is Silent Night. According to this website, it was written originally as poem in 1816 by Joseph Mohr but was put to music by Franz Xavier Gruber.

Probably the reason I enjoy this song is that it is always the last carol we sing at our Christmas Eve services. Everyone has a small candle and they are lit, one by one, from the person sitting next to you. Suddenly the lights are dimmed, the candles are flickering, and the beautiful music begins for us to sing these 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 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

It is always the perfect ending to a beautiful service and sends us off with the true meaning of Christmas.

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