Let’s start the day with a hymn by Charles Wesley, Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise, also known as “The Ascension Hymn.” This, stated in music, is what we believe. Jesus Christ is risen; Christ is our salvation.
I wish I knew who was performing this, so I could give due credit.
The only excuse I have for posting this hymn again is that I love it, and it deeply moves me–Light of the World by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Like so many of Wesley’s hymns, it’s a prayer set to music. And it tells us, “God is nigh.”
So many of Charles Wesley’s hymns were like righteous prayers set to music, desirous not of personal gain, but of truly loving and serving Our Lord Jesus Christ. Follow the lyrics of this one, Give Me the Faith Which Can Remove, and see what I mean. Presented by The Hymn Club.
I wish I knew who was singing this, so I could give them credit: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, by Charles Wesley. Listen, and follow the lyrics: this is much of the New Testament, set to music. Let it fortify our spirits for the day.
This is from the Hymn Club’s “Redemption Hymnal”–Jesus, Lover of My Soul by Charles Wesley. The youtube page doesn’t say who performs it, but to me it sounds like Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.
Wesley’s hymns poured out love to Jesus Christ, and taught their hearers, and their singers, even as they were sung.
Swirling darkness and confusion, corruption as deep and as wide as the ocean, folly heaped on folly, delusion hailed as truth and wisdom, wickedness enthroned–
But the light of Jesus Christ is the light they can’t put out. And this is the only true light, the only light for us to see by.
Light of the World–written by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.
A Charles Wesley hymn, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band: Soldiers of Christ, Arise.
As is not unusual, the youtube page for this hymn includes a comment by an atheist, responding to it rather–I think–wistfully. To which I can only answer, “Sister, come in! The feast is on the table, and there’s a chair here with your name on it!”
Running a bit late here, on this cold and rainy day. But here’s something to warm us up: Charles Wesley’s Love Divine All Loves Excelling, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.
For me, this is the Easter hymn: Christ the Lord is Risen Today. Words by Charles Wesley. Sung by the Joslin Grove Choral Society. Inspiration by the Holy Spirit.
He is risen, and He shall raise us, too. That is all we need to know.
This hymn stirs my soul. I hope it stirs yours, too.
Written by Charles Wesley. Sung by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Blessed by Our Father in Heaven.