Today’s Hymn, ‘All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name’

How I longed for this hymn this morning! I don’t know why: I just had to hear it–All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name. The lyrics were published in 1770, and thre are several melodies that go with it. This is the one I grew up with.

I can never hear this hymn without remembering an outdoor chapel service one Sunday morning at the Y camp, in the summer, under a perfect azure sky, overlooking a quiltwork of cultivated fields and rolling, wooded hills. This is what they sang: and I’m willing to bet God heard it.

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