With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Show and Tell Silent Night Cross Stitch

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Show and Tell Silent Night Cross Stitch

This is a favorite piece of mine made in 1990. I used to do a lot of counted cross-stitch but my eyes don't want to help me see those tiny little holes anymore.




This year the stitchery is being displayed on our fireplace mantle.
We traditionally end our Christmas Eve church service by singing Silent Night without music as the sanctuary gradually fills with the glow of candlelight.
There is something very significant as the congregation lifts up one voice of praise to God for sending His Son from heaven to earth.
Looking about the room and seeing families standing close together, their faces aglow by the golden flame is always a moving moment of the season.
"Silent Night" (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a popular Christmas carol. The original lyrics of the song Stille Nacht were written in German by the Austrian priest Father Josef Mohr and the melody was composed by the Austrian headmaster Franz Xaver Gruber.

The carol was first performed in the Nikolaus-Kirche (Church of St. Nicholas) in Oberndorf, Austria on December 24, 1818. Mohr had composed the words much earlier, in 1816, but on Christmas Eve brought them to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the church service

The carol has been translated into over 44 languages. It is sometimes sung without musical accompaniment.
The song was sung simultaneously in English and German by troops during the Christmas truce of 1914, as it was one of the few carols that soldiers on both sides of the front line knew.
The song has been recorded by over 300 artists.
(source: Wikipedia)


NOTE:  I have been asked many times if I knew where this pattern came from but did not remember the name of book and thought I no longer had the instructions.  I have found the booklet with the counted cross stitch graph for this Silent Night piece.  It is from a pamphlet titled, Christmas in Miniature by Gloria Steel and Pat Carson copyright 1978

24 comments:

ceekay said...

This is soooo beautiful. I love the cross stitch, but I too, love at Christmas Eve service when we close with Silent Night acapella. That is a very moving piece....

A Little Of This And That said...

It is magnificent. I know the work that went into it, as I'm a kindred spirit. These days, I don't do much needlework, but prefer embroidery and crewel when I do.

grey like snuffie said...

Beautiful...I too, used to do Counted Cross Stitch....I would love to do it again but I would need one of those magnifying thingy's with the light so I could see it more easily.

Lynn said...

Beautiful piece of needlework. My mom stitched beautiful pieces also. How lovely it looks on the mantel. Silent Night has a two special meanings for me: my beloved husband who is my gift from God is German. After loosing my hearing totally at 39 and going 13 years with only sonic blip like sounds, 10 years ago this Christmas I heard my beloved Christmas carols again due to my cochlear implant. I too love the end of the church service with candle and silent night and I tear up looking around at all the families. My parents and I always did that on Christmas Eve in our church. I would love to see more of your beautiful needlework.
Blessings,
Lynn

The Lil Missus said...

That is so gorgeous! My mom has done counted cross stitch since well before I was born and I have really dear memories of her stitching away! I'm blessed enough that she passed th skill on to me, I enjoy it SO much! Your piece is just so beautiful!

june at noon said...

Very pretty, love the idea of stitched music. And the song itself is beautiful, one of my favorites.

Diann said...

That is so beautiful! What a wonderful Christmas item!

Lady Farmer said...

What a beautiful piece of stitchery!
I remember my grandmother singing Silent Night to me in her native (German) tongue! I miss that.
Thanks for the bit of history on the song, also!
Blessings!

Snippety Gibbet said...

My home church always ended Christmas Eve's service with Silent Night and a sanctuary of candles. We then proceeded outside onto the steps of the church as we sang. It always made me teary.

What a gorgeous cross stitch. Really lovely.

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh my gosh...this is truly a piece of art. Now, I want one. LOL

Mine's posted now...it's another new one for my collection of Holiday Decor..La Befana

marie said...

Your cross stitch is so beautiful and Silent Night is my favorite Christmas song. We sing it at the end of our Christmas Eve service and light candles too. It is a lovely moment. Our pastor shares that just as the light gets brighter and brighter with each candle that's lit, so would the world get brighter with each "new life" that embraces the birth of our risen Lord.

Stephanie said...

What a lovely cross stitch! Silent Nihgt is one of my favorite Christmas songs, last night during my son's school Christmas performance they dimmed the lights and had the entire crowd sing Silent Night along with the students, it was very moving.

Vicki said...

Your cross stitch is so beautiful. I love how you have it displayed on your mantle. I enjoyed hearing the history of one of my favorite Christmas carols. I got goose bumps when I read about it being sung by both sides of the conflict during the first world war. Blessings to you! Vicki

Mildred said...

I love music and cross stitch so you can imagine how much I love this creation by you. Wishing you and your family a blessed weekend. The new addition is adorable!

Pearl Maple said...

Beautiful cross stitch to decorate your home for the holidays.

It is a beautiful song too, amazing to think how many different languages it has been translated too, goes to show just how good it is.

Saw an example of that when backpacking around Europe in the 60s, staying at a hostel outside of London, lots of travellers around the campfire doing folk songs but this is the one song we were all able to sing together but in 10 different languages.

My Grama's Soul said...

Beautiful piece of needlework. The story behind it is even more lovely!

Blessings,

Jo

Diane said...

A beautiful job, Lori! I used to own a needlework shop and framed a lot of these very same patterns!
Blessing,
Diane

Lynda @ Elegance Reclaimed said...

This is wonderful. I never would have though to do this, but you have given me an idea to do this with a favorite family carol, myself.

Thanks for sharing and have a GRAND weekend.

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Nice!! Beautiful AND timeless!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a magnificent piece.. I haven't cross stitched in years. May have to take it up again soon... thank you for stopping by and saying hello. Pop in any 'ole time..hugs ~lynne~

Miss Jen said...

Oh my~ GORGEOUS!! :)
What a labor of love~ dear Ms.H!

Bless you~

Love~ Jen

Abounding Treasures said...

What a labour of love that will become a treasured heirloom in the years to come ~ truly magnificent!!

Blessings ...

Kitty Girl said...

Your Silent Night is beautiful!

I have stitched one in the past and the pattern is lost. Where can I find your pattern?

Baby Boomer Wife said...

Where can I find the cross stitch pattern?

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