Calm & Bright
The classic hymn, “Silent Night,” first made its debut 200 years ago on Christmas Eve, 1818, at the St. Nicholas chapel in Salzburg, Austria.
Nearly 100 years later, the beloved hymn was the center of a World War I cease fire, Christmas Day 1914. The beautiful text has been translated from the original German into over 140 different languages, and is recognized and sung around the world. It is the defining “church moment” for many Christians—even those who come to church for the first time, or only once a year. Something mystical happens when we light candles and sing the hope of “calm and bright”–peace and light for the world.
This year, the 200thanniversary of the beloved hymn, we need a “Silent Night” more than ever—a ceasefire from our conflicts, divisions, and stresses. Join us during Advent as we are inspired by the stories of this song and as we celebrate the renewal of love and light for our time and our communities. When we sing (and dance) together on Christmas Eve, may we raise our voices in to celebrate the birth of Christ with spirits of peace and love that transcend all barriers.