Franz Xaver Gruber composed the melody to Stille Nacht in 1818, giving birth to the classic Christmas carol known as Silent Night. An Austrian school teacher, Gruber was likely inspired to write this song while serving in his church in Arnsdorf, Austria. Beginning in 1816 Gruber took on the role as organist and choirmaster at St Nicholas Church. Working with Joseph Mohr, a catholic priest who write the lyrics in German, the two combined their gifts to debut this song for a Christmas Eve mass 2 years later.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them, Luke 2:6-7.
If you believe the political pundits, public educators and progressive agenda in America, you may be convinced of a different America than the actual founders. Instead of pointing to a Continental Congress which spent several hours in prayer seeking God’s insight, you will be pointed toward slave owners who should not have the right to be heard or followed. This tense climate has given birth to nights voids of holiness.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord, Luke 2:10-11.
The 1988 film Diehard based upon the book written Roderick Thorp has recently become an usual Christmas classic. Few people realize the irony behind one of the main characters. The leader of a terrorist group and mastermind of a scheme to steal millions of dollars of bonds shares the last name with the composer of Silent Night, called Hans instead of Franz. While Christmas is suppose to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Savior of the World to Mary, a virgin, I can’t recall a recent night void of violence. Instead of experiencing holy nights, many endure a fallen world on the verge of hell. Despite this painful reality, don’t let others steal the joy of Christmas. Rise above the Ebenezer Scrooges and recent terrorist attacks to share love to others this season.
by Jay Mankus