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Monday, December 22, 2008

"Silent Night" ~ London Gay Men's Chorus

With my being a Christian, some may wonder why I have a gay men's chorus on my blog singing a Christamas song. Although I haven't quite settled things in my mind about homosexuality, I do know that I want to raise awareness that people who are homosexual are people who experience a lot of prejudice. But, they are in all parts of society even Christian churchs and maybe the most active members. They should be accepted, loved and understood instead of being attacked or ostracized.

(I realize that not all of the chorus are Christians, but many probably are.) Enjoy, the beauty of their voices and the song.

According to http://www.carols.org/, 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 this in mind. The music to Silent Night was therefore intended for a guitar and the simple score was finished in time for Midnight Mass. Silent Night is the most famous Christmas carol of all time!

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

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


Mike Golch said...

I believe in live and let live,for we are all God's children,and he does not make mistakes. He has created us the way we are to HIS likeing not ours.

Dr. Deb said...

Popping by to wish you Happy Holidays.

Border Life said...

Thank you for this, CC. What a lovely way to express acceptance, love and understanding. These men are our sons, brothers, uncles and fathers. And yes, I'm sure that some of these men are the most active members of many churches.


This was a beautifully done rendition of Silent Night. I grew up with Barbara Streisand's version. I have been really enjoying the history of the songs!

etta said...

I've heard the London, San Francisco, Boston, and Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus', and they were each and every one beautiful. Thanks for the reminder.

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