My Christmas Song Playlist – No. 3

Silent Night

When you get to this point of the list it becomes difficult to choose one song over the other and you begin to feel like you are splitting hairs. It is not that one song is better than the other. It becomes a matter of personal preference. At times that preference is determined by mood, or by need. Each of the three are long-time classics as well as favorites of mine. All of them are a little quieter…a little more solemn…and we get closer to that Night of Nights and Holy of Holies. This one is perhaps the most still of the three. I cannot pick a favorite time or place or memory relating to this song as it seems to have been a part of my life from my earliest memories. And each year it is renewed, adding yet another layer to my Christmas Memory Tree. When this song is played or sung it seems as if all of Time and Creation stops; everything is of the same mind and the same focus. All is calm.

The story of how Silent Night (Stille Nacht in the original German translation) came to be is here.

The three verses performed by the St. Thomas Boys Choir in this video, both the German and the English translation, are below.

To watch the video you will have to click onto this link. YouTube is not allowing embedding for this video.

Stille Nacht! Heil’ge Nacht!
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute hoch heilige Paar.
Holder Knab’ im lockigen Haar,
Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh!

Silent Night! Holy Night!
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon godly tender pair.
Holy infant with curly hair,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Stille Nacht! Heil’ge Nacht!
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Alleluja,
Tönt es laut bei Ferne und Nah:
“Jesus der Retter ist da!”
“Jesus der Retter ist da!”

Silent Night! Holy Night!
Shepherds first saw the sight
Of angels singing alleluia
Calling clearly near and far:
Christ, the saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born.

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

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.


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