In Gratitude: ‘Bread of Heaven’

I thank God the Father for hearing your prayers for me yesterday: today, so far, so good. No bleeding.

This traditional Welsh hymn, Bread of Heaven (also known as Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah), pretty well expresses how I feel this morning. Sung by the Morriston Orpheus Choir–“praises I will give to thee!”

‘Bread of Heaven’

There’s nothing better than a Welsh hymn, sung by a Welsh choir. This is Bread of Heaven, which we also know as Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah. Its Welsh name is Cwm Rhondda. Sung by the Morriston Orpheus Choir.

‘Bread of Heaven’

How ancient are these churches! How deeply rooted is the faith!

This is the Morriston Orpheus Choir singing Bread of Heaven in English and Welsh, in churches that look like they grew out of the earth, to nestle amid scenes of natural beauty, God’s handiwork.

‘Bread of Heaven’

This hymn was in my head all day yesterday, so I thought I’d better post it–Bread of Heaven, sung by the Welsh Male Voice Choir.

I wanted printed lyrics, but couldn’t resist the music, God’s own background scenery, and the beauty of those ancient churches.

‘Bread of Heaven’ (Welsh Choir)

Nobody sings this classic Welsh hymn like a Welsh choir: Bread of Heaven, also known as Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah. Turn up the volume and join in!

If you’re new here, we like to start every day with a hymn or worship song, and I love to take requests. So if you have a favorite hymn you’d like to see posted here, and share with others, just let us know.

Sing Along: ‘God of Grace and God of Glory’

Although these lyrics came out in 1930, the melody is Cwm Rhondda, traditional Welsh. Bread of Heaven is another well-loved hymn sung to this melody. God of Grace and God of Glory–make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

I’m early today because I have to go to the eye doctor and sit around in his waiting room all morning: but I wanted at least to post our daily hymn.

‘Bread of Heaven’

I don’t know about you, but there’s something about a whole stadium of people singing a hymn that never fails to stir my soul.

So, no, it doesn’t matter that it’s only a sporting event, the hymn is traditionally associated with Wales and the Welsh team’s playing, and people have, perhaps, a lot of different motives for singing it. What matters is that God is praised, Christ is exalted, and the seed as sown: Who hath ears to hear, let him hear (Matthew 13:9)).

Ancient Churches, Mighty Choir, ‘Bread of Heaven’

Let me take a break from watching my world being slowly murdered by its leaders and its wise men, and turn to an old Welsh hymn that has already outlasted many sins and follies: Bread of Heaven.

“Be thou still my strength and shield.” Amen! Amen!

Hymn, ‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer’

This Welsh melody is traditionally called Cwm Rhondda and has various renderings into English. I’ve posted it once as Bread of Heaven. This is a very popular hymn and a good way to start our day. This is another one you can really belt out–and should.

I don’t mean to turn into a Christian DJ or something like that, but suddenly these hymns seem mighty important. We live in an anti-Christian age, in a Christian country that is rapidly being de-Christianized, debauched, and debased before our very eyes.

Hymns are a way of connecting with our God, and the time has come to sing them louder, louder, every day.

He will hear us.

Hymn, ‘Bread of Heaven’

Welsh miners singing in How Green Was My Valley (English subtitles)

Once upon a time, on a little 15-minute Christian radio show whose name I can’t remember, I heard a woman say a very wise thing.

“When your faith is shaky; when you don’t know for sure, anymore, that God is with you; when the bad things in life keep piling up; when you just don’t know what’s what–

“That’s when you have to sing louder!”

What can I say but Amen?