Tag Archives: classic hymns

Today’s Hymn, ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’

This is the “Voci San Bellino” Choir from Padua, Italy, performing Gloria in Excelsis Deo–“Glory to God in the Highest”–by Camille St. Saens.

Remember, the hymn shop is open to all, 24/7. If there’s a hymn you’d like to see posted here, just let me know.


Go, go, go! ‘A Mighty Fortress’

Go ahead and try not to be moved by this! A Mighty Fortress is Our God, performed by the students at Fountainview Academy–and in the background an image of the Coliseum, scene of human sacrifice to the false god of the Roman state: overcome and brought to nothing by Jesus Christ the Son of God.

For our fortress is built without hands, that no hands can destroy…


‘Leaning on the Everlasting Arms’ (Fountainview Academy)

How I love this hymn! Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. I’d never heard it, until I heard Lillian Gish and Robert Mitchum sing it in Night of the Hunter. I’d sing it myself, only it chokes me up. So here let it be sung outdoors in British Columbia by the students at Fountainview Academy.


‘Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart’

This hymn was featured yesterday in one of the Christian blogs I fellow, “Ezekiel Countdown” (highly recommended! check it out, https://ezekielcountdown.wordpress.com/  ). Here it is, sung by the congregation at Fairhaven Baptist Church: Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart.


‘All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name’ (Another Version)

This isn’t the All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name that I grew up with: totally different melody, that I’ve never heard before. But it’s still beautiful.

I’m unable to identify the congregation singing it. I can only say they’re somewhere in England. A man in the pews is wearing a gold chain of office, so that’s the giveaway.


‘Creation Hymn’

Words by Isaac Watts, music by Heather Sorenson, performed by the Westminster Chancel Choir: Creation Hymn.

And now I have to hustle to get to the bank and try, try again to comply with all the bureaucratic requirements for Aunt Joan’s continued care. Please pray that I’ll succeed this time.


‘Wonderful Words of Life’ (Fountainview Academy)

Philip Bliss wrote this hymn in 1874, and was astonished when his state Sunday school association offered to pay him to sing it at their annual meeting. And from then on it’s been a favorite–Wonderful Words of Life, here performed by the students at Fountainview Academy, British Columbia.


Amen! ‘All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name’

The congregation and choir at Temple Baptist Church, Powell, Tennessee, will never let you down when you want a hymn belted out with joy and panache, as it should be belted out. Start your day with All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name. Ought to be blue sky, forested hills, and fertile farmlands in the background–a church without walls–but Temple Baptist will do.


‘Love Divine, All Loves Excelling’

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.


‘I Know That My Redeemer Lives’

From Job 19:25, I Know That My Redeemer Lives. Eighteenth-century music and lyrics, beautifully sung by Maddy Prior. Message of comfort and hope from the Holy Spirit.


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