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    Live, Consuming Fire

                Tonight is the 200th anniversary of the song, Silent Night. On Christmas Eve, 1818, the song was first sung. Francis Xavier Gruber was commissioned to co-compose music to the poem written by Josef Mohr, the priest in Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. Mohr was born out of wedlock, so it was difficult to find godparents to baptize him. The town hangman agreed, but even he sent his housekeeper in his stead, and Mohr was baptized in the same font as Mozart. Still, Mohr was intelligent and tutored by the cathedral curate and went on to ordination in the church.             Flooding regularly assaulted the church, necessitating repairs of the organ,…