Silent Night by Rowena Curtin | Advent 2018 Day 5

Once again, I’ve participated in Solveig Werner’s annual Advent Calendar where people from around the world share their different experiences of Christmas and their various traditions. As a proud Australian, I do my bit to share what it’s like to celebrate Christmas Down Under where it is Summer btw and not a snowflake in sight. Indeed, Santa attends our local Christmas festivities onboard a fire truck.
This year I wrote about Silent Night and my mother’s experiences growing up as an Australian within a migrant community where everyone sang Silent Night on Christmas Eve in their native tongue.
Best wishes,
Rowena

Solveig Werner

Silent Night

By Rowena Curtin

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

Mother Teresa

Two hundred years ago, on a cold Christmas Eve in 1818,Silent Nightwas sung for the very first time at St. Nicholas Catholic Church inOberndorf, Austria. As the daughter of a church organist, I remember how hymn numbers used to arrive at the last minute and Mum would dash off to the piano to practice. However, it never crossed my mind thatSilent Night, one of the world’s greatest Christmas carols, was also thrown together at the last minute. Or, that the words and music were written…

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4 thoughts on “Silent Night by Rowena Curtin | Advent 2018 Day 5

  1. maxwellthedog

    I’ve been wanting to get back to this story because (as I think you know) Silent Night is may absolute favorite Christmas song. In the past I’ve posted on the silly dog blog, the Hawaiian version along with other singers performing the song in other languages. Strum a guitar or ukulele and begin “Po la`i e, po kamaha`o” and I’m a goner, don’t bother me until the last chord fades. So, of course, I enjoyed your personal tale of how the song interweaves in your life and brings your family generations together if only be memory. There are reportedly 20,000 English language versions of Silent Night and I hope everybody finds time to listen, or hopefully sing, one this season!

  2. Rowena Post author

    Thank you for jogging my memory, Tom. I remember listening to the Hawaiian version and it was beautiful and something I’d never considered.
    Best wishes,
    Ro

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