Joseph Mohr left Oberndorf soon after in1819 and was busy during the next decades in several Salzburg parishes. In 1837 he came to Wagrain, where he worked as vicar until his early death in Advent 1848. In his second year in Wagrain he was the main initiator for the building of the Primary School, for which he gave almost all his goods and chattels. He also purchased a fire brigade hose for the community and campaigned for the care of the poor and elderly. His efforts had long-lasting effects in Wagrain. Joseph Mohr was also popular in the resort as an affable, sociable and musical priest: He supported a church choir and an active composer. On the 4th December 1848 Joseph Mohr died aged just 56 years of palsy of the lung.
Tips & Info: Silent Night Museum and Waggerl House Museum
From 18 May (Ascension Day)
until 20 October 2023:
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
from 10:00 to 17:00
21 October to 1 December 2023: Closed
In my new book “Silent Night! Holy Night!“ I set off on the trail of the World’s most popular Christmas carol. The aim of my book is to offer the reader a quick and yet detailed introduction to the subject. Principally it’s about the carol creators Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber, about their unique living conditions and the external circumstances behind the carol’s creation, but also about how the song spread and how you too can head off on its trail in the Silent Night resorts SalzburgerLand, in Tyrol and Upper Austria.