Silent Night was written in 1818 by Joseph Moho and Franz X. Gruber. In the fall of 1816, Joseph Moho, a young priest, was assigned to Mariapfarr.

Mariafarr is a small alpine village in Austria and was left poverty-stricken by Napoleonic Wars, along with an eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia, which left volcanic ash in the atmosphere causing weather changes. This all leads to widespread famine with the loss of crops.

The verses Joseph wrote, were to help the congregation know God and Jesus still loved them. “It was Christmas Eve, 1818, when the now-famous carol was first performed as Stille Nacht Heilige Nacht. Joseph Mohr, the young priest who wrote the lyrics, played the guitar and sang along with Franz Xaver Gruber, the choir director who had written the melody.”

While writing the song, it seemed like the corner of his world was in chaos. It was said that he went for a walk and could not believe the calmness he felt amid the turmoil. This was when he went back to write the six lyrics you will find below as the song begins.

Silent Night

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 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 dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth

As we look out into our corner of the world, what do we see? May we reflect on the particular time of this year as we feel the calmness and warmth of the gift we receive. As the star shines bright, may it capture your heart and remain as we begin to prepare for the New Year.

Merry Christmas to All

A story to tell

As we look forward to the gathering of family and friends to celebrate Christmas, many of us can reflect on the year and may find some of our loved ones missing the celebration this year. Others will remember the joy of being thankful for being at the celebration this year by overcoming illness and surviving to see the Christmas tree.

Whatever story you have to tell, remember it is okay to share it with others, as we all care! We grieve those not here this year and celebrate those who can share another blessed Christmas we hold so dear.

When we send the children home for Christmas break, it may be a stressful time for them as they do not all have the same things waiting for them at home as others do. Always send children home with a positive word to hold close to their hearts as their Christmas break starts.

The Gifts

Christmas is never about the gifts we receive but the ones we have already been given. We celebrate the birth of Jesus with a humble heart.

I am so thankful for many things, and I share my thoughts on the ones I have received this week.

Peace, Love, Hope and Joy

I heard someone talk about too much positivity was referenced as “toxic positivity.” “Toxic Positivity” is the excessive and ineffective overgeneralization of happiness. It is the optimistic state across all situations. The process of “toxic positivity” results in the denial, minimization, and invalidation of the authentic human emotional experience. I thought to myself, do I use “toxic positivity?” My vote is no, but I am unsure if I truly understand “toxic positivity.” I will have to read and learn more about it.

In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy peace, love, hope, and joy in a world where we need to focus on finding more of it. The best time of year to find it, feel it, and share it is now.

"I only have 2 rules!"
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