"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."
The choir will gently welcome the Christ child and honor a carol that is universal in its message of peace. It will be an international celebration, as we virtually connect with the chorus at Maristenkellog in Mindelheim, Germany, a Marist Brothers' school.
Attendees should enter at the school's main office at the west end of the building. There is no cost for the event.