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Preparations for the "200 years World Peace Carol Silent Night!" in 2018

Preparations for the "200 years World Peace Carol Silent Night!" in 2018
Archbishop Lackner at the Silent Night Association`s "Silent Night General Meeting 2014": "The carol originated in Salzburg and spread out all over the world: we want to promote its effects on world peace, as far as we can!"

The "Silent Night Project 2018" was top of the agenda at the Silent Night Annual General Meeting 2014 , which took place this time in the old city of Salzburg. After an introductory guided tour of the "Dom Quartier" (new museum area pertaining to the cathedral.) and an incentive - "Silent Night Archives" - in the archdiocese archives, the members of the general meeting went on to the Domchorsaal of the Schwarzenberghaus, Kapital Square, to discuss preparations for 2018 - when it will be 200 years since the carol was performed for the first time in Oberndorf.

Exactly 1500 days before the memorable Christmas Eve 2018, the president of the Silent Night Association, Michael Neureiter, ascertained that all members were agreed on the objective targets: "We would like each individual community involved in the origination and memorials, to set its own coordinated focal point with regard to the carol: - only in this way can the three original communities, Mariapfarr, Oberndorf and Lamprechtshausen/Arnsdorf, along with other memorial centres in Upper Austria, Tyrol and Bavaria, bring the origin of the carol, its history and its message to the rest of the world!"

Honorary guest was the Salzburg Archbishop Franz Lackner: "I am happy the carol exists!" - He mentioned that he himself originated from the town of St. Anna am Aigen, the so-called styrian Bethlehem, and emphasised that the carol was a part of his musical world - "a musical miracle". Bishop Lackner also mentioned that the Church was very interested in the development of the preparations. "The carol originated in Salzburg and spread out all over the world: - we want to promote its effects on world peace, as far as we can!"


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