Silent Night (Christ The Saviour Is Born)

Silent Night (Christ The Saviour Is Born)

Ben Cantelon


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A new version of classic carol Silent Night has been recorded by multiplatinum-selling tenor Paul Potts. Silent Night (Christ The Saviour Is Born), with a new verse and chorus written by song writers Ben Cantelon and Nick Herbert, was commissioned by HOPE Together and Integrity Music. The aim was to bring it alive again for a new generation of people and to play a part in this year’s commemoration of World War One and the 1914 Christmas Truce. Through the release of this single and the Silent Night Carols events in hundreds of stadiums, churches and cathedrals across the UK, HOPE Together is linking with the charity Tearfund to help bring hope to those affected by the war in Syria, particularly women and children.

They called it the Great War, and most people believed that the soldiers would be home by Christmas. Nobody dreamed it would take four years and 16 million dead before World War I finally ended.

Yet that first Christmas did contain a moment that continues to be talked about today, one hundred years on. After yet another day of fighting on Christmas Eve, British soldiers on the Western Front saw their German counterparts light and lift candles into the air. The German soldiers were exposed by the light, their weapons nowhere to be seen, and from their trenches came the sound of a Christmas carol whose melody was profoundly familiar to British ears. And so, as the Germans sang “Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!”, the British joined in; “Silent Night! Holy Night!” they sang.

In time, soldiers from both sides emerges from their defences and walked - unarmed - into no-mans land. There they sang, exchanged greetings and gifts, some even playing football, and took part in what has to be the most powerful Christmas ever.

The Christmas Truce lasted until the morning of December 26th, but the power of the moment, and the power Silent Night has lost none of its power. Like all the best songs, Silent Night has an enduring power to break boundaries and unite enemies. And this simple song continues to inspire today, leading us to stop a while and remember the powerful truth behind the fact that “Christ the saviour is born”.

Writers Ben Cantelon and Nick Herbert were commissioned to write a new chorus for the classic carol 'Silent Night'. The aim was to bring it alive again for a new generation of people and to play a part in this years commemoration of the start of World War One and the famous Christmas truce.

This song is a partnership with HOPE's Greater Love project and Integrity Music. Tearfund are working with HOPE to support Silent Night Carols events and to raise money for those affected by the conflict in Syria.

Devotional

Peace. The word speaks of calmness, harmony and unity. But turn on the news channels on the TV and the world is far from experiencing peace. From the current issues in the middle East, to the struggles in the Ukraine as well as the evils of slavery, poverty and greed. Peace is not there. It feels far away.

Peace in our own lives is not always easy to come by. There is always something that needs to be 'fixed' or sorted out maybe personally, or wihtin our friends and family. Sometimes it can be issues we face with Church friends, or differences within the worship team where we serve. You can have great relationships without knowing true peace - this is the paradox we often live in. Maybe you can relate to this. 

Yet at Christmas, we discover in the birth of Christ, what the prophet Isaiah proclaimed;

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah9:6)

2014 commemorated 100 years since the outbreak of World War One. We remember all those who gave their lives in service to their country. We remember the pain and sorrow caused by this war to millions - and we long for, we dream of, we hope for peace.

Yet in the midst of World War One, something happened that challenges us all in our own difficult times - and brings persepctive. The soldiers that had been killing each other put their guns down. They ventured out into no-mans land, shook hands, played football and sang the carol 'Silent Night' together. This was the time where peace and hope shone into the darkness - and changed history.  This was the moment when enemies overcame their human issues, and responded to the feeling and sentiment of Christmas Day. The day when we remember the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace.

This Christmas Truce, expresses clearly what Christ did for us that first Christmas. The world may have forgotten about Him, but it is our call as the church to remind the world of the wonderful news of Jesus Christ. He is our Saviour.

This year, sing the new version of 'Silent Night' and proclaim the new chorus:-

Christ the Saviour
Christ the Saviour is born
Peace and hope have come
Through Jesus Christ, the Son.

 

 

 

 


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