‘Silent Night’: SNL’s somber ‘Newtown’ commemoration

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live’’ did something extremely unusual to open its weekend show.

It didn’t make a single joke.

It opened with a shot of a burning candle, then showed the members of New York City Children’s Chorus. They were earnestly singing the holiday hymn “Silent Night” with its final line: “Sleep in heavenly peace.’’

The meaning was clear.

Watch it here:

Read more about it here.

David Beard is a writer, editor and director of digital content for The Post. He also edits The Optimist, a weekly e-newsletter, and has been a foreign correspondent.
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