From the Pastor 12/30/18:

Dear Parishioners,

Thank you to all parishioners and staff that helped with our Christmas Masses.   One would be amazed at the details and challenges of nine Masses in 4 locations for Christmas.  

The most unusual moment for me was, when at the 7:30 a.m. Christmas morning Mass at Waldo, when the organ down in front was not working and I realized there was smoke coming out of the organ and it was not incense.   We immediately turned off the power strip to the organ, smoke stopped coming out and we covered the smell with incense and used the key board down front.  I did check back three times that day just to make sure there was nothing smoldering in the organ council.

I thought it ironic that it coincides with the 200th anniversary of the song silent night, in German "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht".  The story goes that as Christmas Eve of 1818 approached in St. Nicholas Church in Obendorf, Austria the organ didn't work, the mice had eaten the bellows.  The priest, Fr. Mohr had written a poem "Stille Nacht" in German.  He went to see his friend Franz Xaver Gruber who wrote the score for a guitar which was first used that night.  Fifty years later it was translated to English.  

In 1914, during the Christmas truce, the song was sung in French, English and German simultaneously. It was apparently the one song that all the soldiers on both sides knew.  The song has been recorded by a large number of singers from every music background.  The version sung by Bing Crosby is the third best-selling single of all-time.  

We use Silent Night as a special reflection piece on Christmas after communion with the lights down low, usually played on the organ, occasionally on the piano, and once in a while on guitar.  

Blessings as we continue to celebrate the octave of Christmas.  

Fr. Doug



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