Stille Nacht, heilige NachtGerman Advent Calendar Day 22

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht

‘Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht’ is possibly the most famous Christmas Carol in the world. Written  by priest Joseph Mohr and turned into music by Franz Gruber on the 24th December 1818 because a flood had made the organ of the Nikolaus church in Oberndorf, Austria, unusable. They wanted a carol that could be sung with a guitar instead and it  was a great success.
The man who then repaired the organ, heard the melody and liked it so much, he passed it on to his local church who sung it the following Christmas. There it got passed on, too, and all without Youtube and the internet 😉

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Alles schläft. Einsam wacht
Nur das traute heilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigten Haar,
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht!
Hirten erst kundgemacht,
Durch der Engel Halleluja.
Tönt es laut von fern und nah:
Christ, der Retter ist da,
Christ, der Retter ist da!

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


EDIT December 2017: You can also hear us sing it. This recording is from our annual German Carol singing event 17 December 2014

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One Response to Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht

  1. […] song. It’s the most famous German Christmas carol! I would think so. I wrote about the song here where you also find the lyrics and a video, but to remind you, a flood had made the organ of the […]

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