‘Down to the River to Pray’

This is just a good old hymn, the first one that came to me today–Down to the River to Pray, sung by Alison Krauss.

I declare the hymn shop open for the day.

‘In Christ Alone’ (New Video)

This hymn was knocking at my door all day. Here’s a new video by Keith and Kristyn Getty, with an assist from Alison Krauss. I keep thinking the waters are the Sea of Galilee. Well, they might be, at that.

‘Be Thou My Vision’

The ancient Irish hymn, Be Thou My Vision, is one of the oldest hymns in anybody’s hymn-book, going back to the Eighth Century; and it remains a popular hymn today. This is a beautiful rendition of it by Alison Krauss.

‘The Wexford Carol’

Happy New Year, everybody!

It’s still the Christmas season here, so enjoy The Wexford Carol–Alison Krauss singing, Yo-Yo Ma on cello, plus bagpipes. Haunting.

‘Down to the River to Pray’

There’s a haunting quality to this old hymn, don’t you think? Down to the River to Pray, sung by Alison Krauss.

‘Down to the River to Pray’

This was the first hymn that popped into my head this morning–Down to the River to Pray, an old favorite sung by Alison Krauss. It makes me think of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, in the Book of Acts.

‘Down to the River to Pray’

I used to hear Alison Krauss singing this sweet, old-fashioned hymn on the radio–Down to the River to Pray. In this part of the country I don’t think people were ever much into baptism by full immersion–although that’s the way John the Baptist did it, in the Bible. The old black-and-white photos have a haunting quality.

‘The Wexford Carol’

Here’s another one we almost missed–but not quite! The Wexford Carol goes all the way back to 12th-century Ireland, hence the bagpipes in the background. This beautiful version is performed by Alison Krauss and the legendary Yo-Yo Ma on cello.

Hey, everybody, it’s Christmas Eve! Let’s finish our Carol Contest with a flash! Tomorrow’s Christmas, and we want to make the earth and the sky shiver with Christmas music.

For Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.

The Beauty of Holiness: ‘Be Thou My Vision’

If we ever needed the Lord Our God to be our vision, we need Him now.

There are so many versions of this wonderful hymn, going back well over a thousand years. This one is sung by Alison Krauss.

Come, Lord Jesus–come!

Hymn, ‘The Wexford Carol’

My editor, Susan, suggested this one. I’d never heard of it.

But wow! This is gorgeous. The combination of an angelic singing voice (Alison Krauss), cello (Yo-Yo Ma), and bagpipes?–yes, bagpipes–is as beautiful as it is unexpected.