Festival of Lights


Marist High School's choir will celebrate the 201st anniversary of Silent Night, the renowned Christmas song at a special event on Saturday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the school's chapel. Dubbed the "Festival of Lights" the group will welcome in the light of Christmas through the darkness of winter. 

The choir will gently welcome the Christ child and honor a carol that is universal in its message of peace. Attendees should enter at the school's main office at the west end of the building. There is no cost for the event. 

"For centuries, the song has crossed borders and overcome crises. It connects people no matter their origin, age or religion, and provides a link back to the time during which it was created. Two hundred years ago, Joseph Mohr, a priest from Salzburg, and Franz Xaver Gruber, a teacher from Upper Austria, sang the song for the very first time at the St. Nikola Church in Oberndorf near Salzburg. The original poem was authored by Joseph Mohr, whereas Franz Xaver Gruber added the melody on his request. Only a few years later, singing families from the Zillertal valley carried the song from Austria into Europe and the rest of the world. Today, the song is performed in over 300 languages and dialects." - https://www.stillenacht.com/