Why sing of silent and holy nights?

Silent night
It was December 23rd, 1818 and the organ inside St. Nicholas Church was broken. The first few chords from today’s celebrated Silent Night or Stille Nacht as it was known in Oberndorf, Austria, were strummed on a guitar.

Holy night
Pastor John Franz Mohr walked up the hillside meditating on the Christmas eve service and the angels who had announced the birth of the Messiah to shepherds watching over their sheep.

All is calm
The poem came simply as he looked down on the peaceful, snow-covered village below. Mohr gave the words to Franz Gruber, the church organist, and the simple melody for Mohr’s Christmas poem was born.

All is bright
The singing Rainer and the Strasser families – added Silent Night to their repertoires and shared them with Kings and Queens, peasants and nobles, people of all faiths and geographies.

Celebrating Silent Night

Sing with us during our last week of storytelling on WomanScape 2019 before we go silent for the rest of the year. Enjoy Monday’s WS Art Card with a quote from John Lennon, who reminds us what it means to dream of peace. His words, alongside a festive scene by 19th century English artist, Lizzie Lawson Mack, rekindle the innocence and wonder of winter.

(Photo of the rebuilt St. Nicholas Church (1930s) in Oberndorf, Austria; the site of the first Stille Nacht performance in 1818.)

Wednesday, we share a contextual history and ode to Silent Night by Yara Zgheib. This is the last in her popular Silent Night series this month. Each has captured the imagination and paradoxical beauty of silence, in its golden and tarnished states.

Friday’s video is a personal reflection of Christmas past and the shared experience of John Lennon’s first son, Julian. He talks about forgiveness and understanding on the CBS Morning Show (2010) and helps us to see how time can shape peace over war.

WS Magazine & WS Travel

In today’s video, I let you in on a big secret and share my personal reflections on A Year of WomanScape. I’ve learned more than I could ever have imagined and met the most incredible people doing extraordinary things. Thank you for your support and readership and, most of all, for the opportunity to share inspiring stories that build bridges and new ways of seeing the world.

In 2020, we promise to:

  • Bring you quarterly magazines with expanded, engaging content like our next WS Magazine BLISS which arrives on January 5st. Subscribe HERE and please donate or purchase them to help fund our WS Cares initiatives.
  • These provide financial support for women and girls organizations. And,
    Deliver engaging content and monthly themes that encourage discussion. Get ready for Happiness in January, Comedy in February and Self in March.

May God bless and keep you in holiday spirit of hope and renewal. Happy holidays and all the best in 2020,

Rose and the WomanScape Team

Rose McInerney

Author Rose McInerney

Rose combines her love of all things artfully-designed to connect women to a shared community of learning and a richer, more fulfilled self. As a passionate storyteller, published writer, and international traveler, Rose believes women can build a better world through powerful storytelling.

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