‘Be Thou My Vision’

This hymn has been around since circa 700 A.D.–and here, across the street, they’ve been playing it on the bells of St. Francis’ Church.

Here we have it by The Petersens… with a little bit of a country spin.

‘The Story Behind the Hymn: “Be Thou My Vision”‘

The Irish hymn, Be Thou My Vision, dates back at least to circa 700 A.D. and is one of the Church’s oldest hymns–and still after all these years (our modern version was published in 1912) is one of the most popular hymns we know, world-wide.

I did not know that the origin of this hymn rests with St. Patrick in the 4th century. Patrick defied the powerful, pagan Druid religious establishment in Ireland, and one of his most dramatic sermons was immortalized in a poem that was recast as a hymn some hundreds of years after Patrick preached it. Through this hymn, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, St. Patrick still speaks to us today.

We should listen.

‘Be Thou My Vision’ (Scottish Gaelic)

This beautiful hymn comes to us from Ireland, sometime around 700 A.D. This Scottish Gaelic version should bear a fair resemblance to the original. No, I can’t read it. Just listen.

‘Be Thou My Vision’

No one knows how old, exactly, is this ancient Irish hymn. At least a thousand years, and probably much more. All we know is that it’s still sung today and still loved all over the world.

Sung here by the Lebanon County Youth Chorus.

‘Be Thou My Vision’ (J&J)

This is an Irish hymn from some 1,300 years ago, Be Thou My Vision; and here it is being performed in Japan by the Swanson Brothers, Joshua and Jeremy (our dear friends and colleagues).

That tells you something about Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church, doesn’t it?

By Request, ‘Be Thou My Vision’ (In Irish)

I promised Ina that I’d post this hymn for her–the ancient Irish hymn, Be Thou My Vision, here sung in Irish Gaelic by Talyn Prescott–so here it is.

First sung in the 8th century, I daresay this hymn is still sung every day throughout the earth.

By Request, ‘Be Thou My Vision’… in Gaelic

This ancient Irish hymn has been loved the world over for 15 hundred years. Requested by Ina, here is Be Thou My Vision in Scottish Gaelic. I’m sure I could also find it in the original Irish, but I do try to give readers what they ask for.

‘Be Thou My Vision’ (Keith and Kristyn Getty)

If there’s a more beautiful hymn than Be Thou My Vision, I’d like to know what it is. This hymn was first sung in Ireland some thirteen hundred years ago, and it’s still being sung, still ministering to souls, today.

Sung here by Kristyn and Keith Getty; and I think that must be Ireland in the background, but I could be wrong.

By Request, ‘Be Thou My Vision’

(I have an early-morning appointment with the eye doctor, so all I can do for now is post a hymn and then rush out of here.)

Requested by Joshua, performed by Keith and Kristyn Getty, an ancient Irish hymn, Be Thou My Vision. First sung 13 hundred years ago, and still beloved today.

At Need, ‘Be Thou My Vision’

This is for Michael, whose wife has died. May the Lord our God heal his soul, and grant him peace, strengthen his faith. Our loved ones are waiting for us where God has wiped away all tears.

Be Thou My Vision–eighth-century Irish hymn, sung here by Noel Richards.