Silent Night, Holy Night – Good News for December 4

4 12 2008

Father Joseph Mohr (1816)

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 

The Daly Path: Good News comes in many forms. It’s in the earth around us. It’s in the great books of faith. It’s in our hearts. And from our hearts spring beautiful works of art that are inspired by the Spirit. In 1816, an Austrian priest by the name of Joseph Mohr created such a work when he penned the poem “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” that became perhaps the most recognized Christmas carol of all time… Silent Night.

As I prepare for the coming of our Lord in this Advent season, these verses of Silent Night help me to reflect on that holiest of nights so many centuries ago. Just for fun, go outside one evening this Advent and sit for a few moments in the dark listening to the good news of the night. Breath in the crisp air (if you are in the northern hemisphere). Pretend it’s the first Christmas Eve and reflect on Fr. Mohr’s beautiful  poem of  Jesus… Lord at thy birth.

Advent Meditation: Blessed are all who wait for the Lord