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‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

It would be remiss of me not to post this at Christmastime, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written, and written to the glory of the Lord–Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by J.S. Bach. The rendition by Celtic Woman is a little over-produced visually, for my taste–but the sound! If this doesn’t stir your soul, I don’t know what will.


By Request, J.S. Bach: ‘Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme’

OK, let’s get some of these hymns played. Requested by Heidi, a chorus from a Bach cantata, Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme (“Wake, rise, the voices call us”).

This reminds me of a day when some of our family from the Old Country came to America to visit Grandpa. Everyone was sitting outside on the porch, conversing in German, when suddenly my cousin, Christopher, just a little boy at the time, started to cry.

“Why, what’s the matter?”

And he explained: “Everybody’s talkin’ Germany but me!”


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

One of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach. Instrumental guitar rendition by Rick Foster; requested by Joshua. Second to none.


‘Jesu, Joy of Men’s Desiring’

Is this one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written, or what? Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J. S. Bach, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. We usually hear this hymn around Christmastime, but why wait?

And if the Holy Spirit isn’t in this music–well, never mind: it is!


‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

I’m surprised no one has asked for this hymn yet–one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written–Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach. Sung here by Celtic Woman. Most often heard around Christmas-time, this is good for every day of the year. Hard to imagine mortal, sinful human beings creating anything this beautiful: but then we are made in His image.


‘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.


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