Tag Archives: J.S. Bach

‘Blessed Jesus at Your Word’

Our friend “thewhiterabbit” suggested this one for us: Blessed Jesus, at Your Word, by J.S. Bach. Sung by the congregation at chapel service, Martin Luther College.


‘Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring’

One of the most beautiful hymns ever written, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, by J.S. Bach: performed here by the Edinburgh Singers, complete with oboe solo. I discovered this around Christmastime, but it’s the hymn that called to me today.

For those of you who are new to this blog, we take hymn requests and it’s my pleasure to post any hymn you’d like to hear. So don’t be shy, “Leave a Reply”–and we’ll do the rest.


For Easter, ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

It works just as well for Easter as it does for Christmas, one of the most beautiful hymns ever written: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by J.S. Bach. Performed by the Edinburgh Singers, with an oboe solo. Just lovely.


‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’ (with Oboe)

I have to go to the doctor’s for a checkup this morning, but first a hymn, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written–Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by J.S. Bach, sung by the Edinburgh Singers, with an oboe solo, a very nice touch that I haven’t seen before.


‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

Is this not one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written? Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, composed by J.S. Bach, performed here by Celtic Woman–we usually find this hymn associated with Christmas, but it’ll do just fine year-round. If this hymn doesn’t stir your soul, I don’t know what will.


The Best: ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

I just can’t think of a more beautiful hymn than this: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach. Here the orchestra is conducted by Leopold Stokowki, vintage 1992.


‘O Sacred Head, Now Wounded’

This is Good Friday, and this hymn, by Johann Sebastian Bach, reminds us why we mark this day–O Sacred Head, Now Wounded, sung by the choir at Kings College, Cambridge.

He was wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities.

This is Jesus Christ the Son of God, Our Lord.


Pilgrims’ Hymn and Bach Chorale

With things falling apart pretty nearly everywhere you look, it’s important to remember that God is forever, and Christ’s Kingdom an everlasting kingdom.

This is the Luther College Nordic choir performing the Pilgrims’ Hymn and Bach Chorale in the church wherein Martin Luther is buried, in Wittenburg, Germany. Let the music wash over you. Look around the ancient church.

The things of God do last, being spiritual, unshakeable, eternal.


Encore: ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

Christmas must work every day throughout the year: we need it. And one of the ways it works is by music. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach, here performed by Celtic woman–if this doesn’t stir your soul, then you need Vigoro or something.


A Promise God Has Kept

God promised Abraham that in him and in his seed–ultimately, in Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God–all the nations of the world will be blessed. This promise is repeated throughout the Old Testament, in a variety of forms.

Which brings us to this video of a Japanese orchestra performing a composition by a German composer in praise of Jesus Christ, born in Judea 20 centuries ago. God has blessed all the nations of the world, for Christ is king for all of them.

Let us take great pains to declare that, in this 2016 Christmas season.

(And hey, everybody, I stand ready to post your Christmas hymn requests. Step right up and don’t be shy! You don’t need an alibi!)


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