So we're telling once more this true story which happened exactly 202 years ago at December 24th in 1818. The European people in those days had to face hard and terrifying times; although the Napoleonic Wars were over there was still destruction and poverty and the political situation was unstable. Also in the small village Oberndorf in Austria the people were suffering - and they were longing for Christmas time... with its festivity, the peace and tranquility and of course the church service. This was also pretty clear to the village's priest - and made him even more desperate because the organ of his church was broken and could not be repaired in time for the Christmas service. To save the Christmas celebrations he asked a friend of his, a local teacher, for help. They used a poem the priest had written some time ago, the teacher wrote in a wink of an eye a simple melody and they performed it together during Christmas service. The priest sang tenor and played guitar (which is btw remarkable because in these times a guitar belonged into a tavern or pub but for sure not into a church), the teacher sang bass... And their song, born in distress, touched the people in the St. Nikola Church at once.
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