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Thursday, December 12, 2013

SILENT NIGHT BELONGS TO AUSTRIA (but nothing surpasses the English carol tradition)

The Splendour of the English Crhistmas carol at King´s College, Cambridge
From The Spectator UK-

The most celebrated Christmas carol, ‘Silent Night’, belongs to Austria. Father Joseph Mohr, the priest at Oberndorf, a small village near Salzburg, wrote it in 1818. Set to music by Franz Xaver Gruber, it was sung on Christmas Eve at the church of St Nicholas: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht. It is the most celebrated carol for it captures the stillness of a winter night, the wonder of Christ’s birth, and the hope of all mankind for peace.

But when it comes to the celebration of that birth nothing surpasses the English tradition. On Christmas Eve millions of people all over the world will tune in not to Oberndorf but to King’s College, Cambridge, where the choristers take us, as they have since 1918, through the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. For many of those watching on television, and listening on the radio, it will be the highlight of the season.


More here-

http://www.spectator.co.uk/arts/music/9095822/the-highlight-of-christmas-the-festival-of-nine-lessons-and-carols-at-kings-college-cambridge/

Thanks to Three Rivers Episcopal, sidebar

COME VISIT GUATEMALA.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING AND GREETING YOU AT ST. JAMES/SANTIAGO CATHEDRAL IN GUATEMALA CITY AND  ST ALBAN MISSION IN ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA.  BOTH ARE ENGLISH SPEAKING PARISHES AT THE DIOCESE OF GUATEMALA, IARCA ( Inglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America is a province of the Anglican Communion).


St. Alban´s Mission, Antigua, meets every Sunday at the Casa Convento Concepcion at 12:00 noon. Holy Eucharist is celebrated.

*St Alban´s, Antigua, Guatemala is a special mission project of St. James English speaking parish at the Cathedral of Santiago, Guatemala City.

The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria, Bishop of Guatemala and Primate IARCA The Reverend Ricardo Frohmader, Associate Minister.

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