Advent Day 24: A Gaelic Christmas Carol from Uig

For the 24th day of Advent we present the Little Acorns singing the Gaelic version of Silent Night, ‘Ciuine an Oidhche'.

Little Acorns is a weekly online bilingual singing and music class that brings together children from Glasgow, the Isle of Harris and from Point and Uig and Bernera on the Isle of Lewis.

Funded by the MacLeod Bequest, Church of Scotland, Creative Scotland, Bord na Gaidhlig, Comunn na Gaidhlig and supported by Feisean nan Gaidheal, the classes in clarsach and ukulele and song are professionally taught by Carole Millar, Katie MacKenzie, Noel Eadie and Emma Holmes.


Ciuine an Oidhche

Ciùin an oidhch‘, naomh an oidhch‘,
Saoghal sèimh, balbh gun soils‘,
Moire is Iòsaph, a' chàraid gaoil,
Caithris an naoidhein bheannaichte, chaoimh,
Suaint' ann am foist ha bho Nèamh,
Suaint' ann am foist ha bho Nèamh.
Ciùin an oidhch', naomh an oidhch',
Nochd na reul a b' àille soills'
Do na Cìobairean shuas air a' bheinn
‘S chualas ainglean le aoibhneas a' seinn:
Crìosd ar Fear-saoaidh a th' ann,
Crìosd ar Fear-saoaidh a th' ann.
Ciùin an oidhch', naomh an oidhch',
Aon Mhic Dhè 's àille loinn,
Gràdh a' dortadh oirnn bho do ghnùis,
Aoibhneach an uair is Tu còmhnaidh rinn dlùth:
Fàilte dor Slanaighear caoin;
Fàilte dor Slanaighear caoin.

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth

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