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Story Behind Song… “Silent Night”

The words of Silent Night were written by a Priest called Fr. Joseph Mohr in Mariapfarr, Austria, in 1816 and the music was added in 1818, by his school teacher friend Franz Xaver Gruber, for the Christmas service at St. Nicholas church in Oberndorf, Austria. Mohr's congregation needed something to sing at midnight mass, so Mohr wrote these modest verses.

Unfortunately, the St. Nicholas' church organ wasn't working and would not be repaired before Christmas. Before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the church service. Gruber was a lay minister and the organist at St. Nicholas. Fr. Mohr asked Franz Gruber to compose the melody with a guitar arrangement.