Sing Silent Night this Christmas
18 September 2014
On Christmas Eve 1914, the fighting stopped and enemies ventured into No Man’s Land to talk and exchange gifts. Some even played football. British soldier, Albert Moren, who was in the front-line trenches wrote home about hearing Silent Night sung during the truce: ‘It was a beautiful moonlit night, frost on the ground, white almost everywhere ... And then they sang "Stille Nacht" - "Silent Night". I shall never forget it. It was one of the highlights of my life.’
This year a new version of the carol Silent Night, specially adapted for Hope14’s Greater Love initiative, will be sung in sports stadiums, churches and wherever people sing Christmas carols to mark the centenary of the remarkable 1914 Christmas truce.
The events have the endorsement of Prince William, president of the Football Association, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who have both contributed to the specially-produced Silent Night Carols programme.
The Silent Night Carols resources include:
a free programme with the words of ten popular carols
music scores for Silent Night
a How-to guide to holding a sports stadium carols event
video clips to use at events in churches and stadiums
Pilot carol services have been held in several sports stadia over the last two years with the help of sports chaplains, local school choirs and Salvation Army bands. The tried-and-tested formula includes the club’s players or manager reading some of the familiar Bible passages about the nativity story, with fans and the wider community celebrating Christmas together signing carols.
Find out more at www.hopetogether.org.uk/christmas
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