Tag Archives: hymns

‘Oh, Sinner Man’

Take a Caribbean spiritual and move it to the Irish Sea, complete with seals and grey waters, grey skies–I don’t know why it works, but it does. Oh, Sinner Man! Where You Gonna Run To? Complete with cold water and hot mandolin.


‘Ubi Caritas’

We have to thank Lisa for sending us this beautiful hymn by Audrey Assad, Ubi Caritas–“Where Charity Is,” in Latin.

If you’re new to this blog, we like to start the day with a hymn and we take reader requests. So if you have a favorite hymn you’d like to share, just leave a comment anywhere on the site and we’ll do the rest.


‘Christ Shall Have Dominion’

Anti-Christian fanatics will hate this hymn, so play it proud and play it loud–Christ Shall Have Dominion, sung by the congregation at Grace Community Church in San Antonio, Texas. And you already know the melody, so here are the lyrics, too.


‘For the Beauty of the Earth’

This hymn came back to me yesterday evening, as I looked at green leaves waving against a sapphire sky: For the Beauty of the Earth, sung by Michelle Swift.

And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)


‘Morning Has Broken’

I never knew, until recently, that Morning Has Broken is a hymn–and quite a lovely hymn, at that. Here it’s sung by Orla Fallon. Don’t be surprised if it sticks with you all day.


‘I Need Thee Every Hour’ (in Welsh)

In Welsh it’s “Mae d’eisiau di bob awr,” and we know it as I Need Thee Every Hour. Don’t you find that if you know the melody, the hymn will speak to you no matter what language it’s sung in?

King Arthur and St. David would have understood these lyrics.


Bonus Hymn, ‘Draw Me Nearer’

I always post any hymn that really asserts itself in my mind, even if I don’t know why it should. This morning that hymn was Draw Me Nearer–a Fanny Crosby classic from 1875. I had a hard time finding a video that was simple and straightforward: so I’ve got this for you, from some little church somewhere. Thank you, whoever you are–that was the way I wanted to hear it.


‘Victory in Jesus’

I had never heard this classic hymn before–Victory in Jesus, published in 1939 by Mr. Barlett. Sung here by Burl Ives.

 


Bonus Hymn: ‘The Lord of Sea and Sky’

I heard this hymn this morning, played by a bagpiper on the steps of St. Francis Church, across the street–The Lord of Sea and Sky. I took that as a hint that I ought to post it. Couldn’t find it with bagpipes, but the National Youth Choir of Scotland is the next best thing. And the lyrics make you think of Samuel, and Isaiah–don’t they?


‘Jesus Saves’

I first heard this hymn played as background music to a Civil War re-enactment, and I remembered it. The second time was at my father’s burial service, on the bells of a nearby church. It was one of my favorites before I ever knew its name–Jesus Saves.

Here performed by the kids from Fountainview Academy during their tour of Rome.


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