History

Silent Night emerged during a very historically dynamic time: the collapse of the principality of Salzburg, plundering of lands from the Napoleonic Wars, repeated changing of political power, and intellectual change of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. This loss of centuries-old political, clerical and social structures – the separation of Salzburg from Bavaria, which was particularly difficult for Laufen and Oberndorf- led to a search for new identity.

It was the fate of Joseph Mohr, an impoverished “city child”, to endure these difficult times with his fellow man. He shared this fate with the “country child” Franz Xaver Gruber, also from simple means, with whom he became close friends.

Both experienced in their childhood the enormous changes of the day, and the collapse of tradition and the pillars of Catholic life. One's inner faith was all that remained. This is manifested in the creation of “Silent Night”.


This faith requires no established tradition. Thus, it touches the hearts of people and transcends any cultural, religious or temporal boundaries.