Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Word - Amazing Grace

Dear Friends,

How is everyone doing today? I am in LA and will be here for two weeks,
I am attending a training at USC.
This is very cool I am meeting people from all over the world and from different
organizations.
Hugs & blessings from LA

This week I want to tell you about some of the most amazing hymns we know today. I
hope you are inspired by them.
If yo
u want to see the entire stories with audio and visual, Netflix rents the DVD amazing
Grace Hymns that changed the world.
The Story of "Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht"
On December 1818 in a village church in Oberndorf in the Alps of Austria Father
Joseph Mohr and his friend Franz Gruber made history. The two often shared
their passion for Christmas carols and both agreed that the christmas carol of all
times was yet to be written. A few days before Christmas day, Father Mohr got
word that the wife of a woodcutter gave
bith and he walked to see the child. On
his way back to the village he pauzed to reflect on all he had
seen and lived. He was deeply moved by the born baby and
made him think of that special baby boy born on Christmas day in Betlehem. Inspired by the purity
of the white snow all around him he thought of that special day when God reached out to the world
by sending his only beloved son fo rour salvation. When he got back to the village in a burst of
inspiration he captured the essence and beauty of Christ birth. The organ in the St. Nicolas church
was broken, so he rushed to his friend's house Franz Gruber and ask him to make a music

arrangement for the lyrics with a guitar. On christmas night Pasto
Morh shared the song with his congration and soon it became
know around the world, translated into 120 languages. It became the favorite
Christmas carol for the rich and poor.

The song was sung simultaneously in English and GErman by troops during the
Christmas truce of 1914, as it was one of the few carols that soldiers on both sides
of the front line knew.
Today the church is not there anymore, but a memorial was built where the St. nicholas church once stood.

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 Savior is born! Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, holy night! Son of God love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth. Jesus Lord, at Thy birth

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