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A Near Silent Night

by Greg Asimakoupoulos

Posted: December 24, 2018

The bicentennial of the world's most beloved carol…

In 1818 Joseph Mohr
a rural parish priest
wrote lyrics for his church on Christmas Eve.
His simple words recalled a night
when Jesus Christ was born,
But sadly Pastor Mohr had cause to grieve.

The organ in his church broke down.
His words would have no tune.
This holy night would lack a joyful sound.
But then Franz Gruber had a thought
that brought Mohr's words to life.
A Christmas Eve solution had been found.

Two hundred years ago this day
Mohr's organist came through
by strumming chords upon his old guitar.
That's how this carol (we love more
than others) came to be.
And Silent Night is still the best by far.

The photo is the "Silent Night Chapel" on the Silent Night Square in Oberndorf near Salzburg.

Also see Greg's longer story on the 200th anniversary of Silent Night that he wrote as a guest columnist for newspapers across the country.

Greg Asimakoupoulos (pronounced AWESOME-uh-COPE-uh-less) is an ordained minister, published author and a freelance news reporter with the Salem Radio Network.   Greg maintains a weekly column called Rhymes and Reasons on The Partial Observer,  which he graciously provides to SeniorLifestyle.

Greg's writings have now been assembled in book form. Find out more.

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Posted: December 24, 2018

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