By Request, ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

I usually save this hymn for Christmas-time; but Erlene planted the suggestion in my head this morning, so here it is–Jesu, Joy of Men’s Desiring, by J.S. Bach, performed by the New London Symphony Orchestra.

I was whistling this to myself one day, on my way into the Y, when a passerby stopped and said, “That’s so beautiful! What’s it called?” So I told him. Surely among the most beautiful pieces of music ever written.

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

There’s hardly anyone here this morning. Well, look at the weather. Maybe everybody just went back to bed. Wish I could.

But! Maybe one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed will get the ball rolling, and some entries submitted to our carol contest: Jesus, Joy of Men’s Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach, sung by the Edinburgh Singers.

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

No hymn requests having come in overnight, I offer this today, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by the Wedding String Quartet.

Don’t forget the Christmas Carol Contest! Currently there are two carols tied for the lead with 18 views each.

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

I usually save this for around Christmas-time; but I think we need it this week, too. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach–surely one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written, excellent for glorifying God. Performed here by Celtic Woman.

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

I’ve never heard a more beautiful piece of music than this–Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach. This performance is by St. George’s Singers, with an oboe solo.

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

We can’t let Christmas come or go without posting this, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by the New London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting, and the Norman Luboff Choir.

By Special Request, ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

This may be the most beautiful piece of music ever written–Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach. Sung here by Josh Groban, and requested by Erlene.

We usually hear this hymn around Christmas; but there is no day on the calendar when Jesus Christ is not our Savior and our King.

‘O, Sacred Head Surrounded’

Lyrics by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, music by Johann Sebastian Bach–next on the list of Your Favorite Hymns, O, Sacred Head Surrounded.

Hard to believe this was one of the songs in our seventh-grade concert.

‘Jesus, Priceless Treasure’

Here’s a hymn by Johann Sebastian Bach, sung by the Lutheran Quartet–Jesus, Priceless Treasure. 

Your Favorite Hymns continues day by day: please feel free to add to the list.

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

I promised I’d provide the lyrics, the next time I posted this hymn, so here we are–J.S. Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Thanks to “Spadecaller” for putting together this lively video.