Where and when did the Christmas carol 'Silent Night' originate?
Josef Mohr was a young priest serving as parish priest at St Nikolas Church in Oberndorf (some sources say this was a village in Austria; others say Germany). Two days before Christmas 1818, the bellows in the church organ were found to be rotted through, possibly eaten by rats.
Needing music that could still be appreciated by the congregation, Mohr wrote a poem. He then asked the church organist and choirmaster, Franz-Xaver Gruber, if he could set it to music which the two men could sing, accompanied by Mohr on the guitar. Late on Christmas Eve, the men practised the song for the first time, and performed it for Mass. The song that Mohr penned was "Silent Night", and it was first sung on 24 December 1818.
The origin of the Christmas carol we know as Silent Night was a poem that was written in 1816 by an Austrian priest called Joseph Mohr. On Christmas Eve in 1818 in the small alpine village called Oberndorf it is reputed that the organ at St. Nicholas Church had broken. Joseph Mohr gave the poem of Silent Night (Stille Nacht) to his friend Franz Xavier Gruber and the melody for Silent Night was composed with…