Coffee Facts Friday

This is known with great certainty—elegant Kaffeehausers flourished in Austria as social institutions where coffee drinking was believed to inspire clear thinking and deep discussions. Patrons gathered to sip coffee with milk and honey along with little cakes while listening to string quartets.
Perhaps, and coffeesnobology does believe, that it was in one of those coffeehouses that Father Joseph Mohr wrote the poem that today is the famous carol Silent Night.

Silent Night, Holy Night
All is calm, all is bright…….
Throughout the world people are gathered together in homes and churches singing this beloved carol.  The words are known by heart, but perhaps the full story of Silent Night is unknown.
One Christmas Eve in 1818, Fr. Joseph Mohr tucked a poem he wrote two years earlier in his pocket and made his way to a nearby village where his friend Franz Gruber, a musician- schoolteacher, lived in an apartment above the school.  The young pastor played the guitar and he asked Franz Gruber to write a melody suitable for guitar accompaniment.
At the midnight mass St. Nicholas parishioners in Oberndorf, Austria, thrilled to Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht! sung by Franz Gruber and the choir to the accompaniment of Father Mohr’s guitar.  Silent Night is now cherished throughout the world.


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2 Responses to “Coffee Facts Friday”

  1. Katharine Lehmkuhl Says:

    A beautiful thought for this Christmas Eve Friday – thanks for sharing.

  2. Lynn Says:

    As you gather around the piano to sing Silent Night, be sure to share the story. Careful with the candles, though.

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