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‘Light of the World’–Plus Prayer Request for Me

You’ll pardon me for indulging in one of my very favorite hymns–Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, sung by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. My path needs some light right now, and I don’t mean maybe.

Please pray for me! Again, I’m not free to give details, but I have more than one family member in grave danger, health-wise, and my livelihood suddenly seems to be on thin ice. And that’s all I want even to mention. Plenty to keep me wide-awake all night.

Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. O Son of God have mercy on me, and help me.

‘Christ the Lord Is Risen Today’ (the Old-Fashioned Sound!)

I’ve been saving this one all week, just for today–Christ the Lord is Risen Today, by Charles Wesley: performed in true 18th century style by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Worth waiting for, I say!

John Bunyan’s Hymn

This is the only hymn known for sure to have been by John Bunyan, famous for Pilgrim’s Progress. It reminds us that the pilgrim’s way is hard, but that we have a Helper who can never fail. To Be a Pilgrim, by John Bunyan: and this is my favorite rendition of it, by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

Encore, ‘O Worship the King’

I love this hymn, the first hymn I ever learned to play on my harmonica. It can be traced back to the 1500’s, and the melody as we know it first appeared in 1708. This rendition, in 18th-century style, is by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band: O Worship the King.

I know I tend to repeat myself in my selection of hymns; so if there’s a hymn you’d like to see posted here, just let us know.

My Own Hymn Request (‘Light of the World’)

I hope you don’t mind my posting this again, this morning: Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. This is the hymn I want to take with me into oral surgery. I’m not good at having bits of myself cut out. I know, I know–after it’s all over, it won’t seem like such a big deal. But just now, I find the whole idea extremely daunting. Please, Lord, give me strength: in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Again, Again, ‘Light of the World’

I hope you don’t mind my posting this hymn for the umpteenth time–Light of the World by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. This hymn never fails to stir my soul.

For Jesus Christ is the light of the world, that lights everyone who comes into the world. He is the Light they can’t put out, not all their hellish legions of the ungodly: God knows who they are.

I’m waiting for the hospital to call with another update on Aunt Joan. They were too busy to talk to me when I called earlier this morning.


‘Personent Hodie’ (Old, Old Christmas Carol)

I didn’t know what this was going to be, but then I heard the first few bars and realized that we have this carol in English as On This Day Earth Shall Win. The creche is still up, across the street, and I’m still posting Christmas music.

Personent Hodie was published in Finland in 1582, but the melody is found in a German hymnal from 1360. Joan of Arc, Henry V, Richard II haven’t been born yet. But Jesus Christ has.

Performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

‘While Shepherds Watched’

Following a suggestion by our esteemed colleague, “thewhiterabbit,” [you wouldn’t believe the typo I just corrected: “thewhiterabbi”] I’m going to keep posting Christmas music until the 12 days of Christmas are fulfilled. So keep those Christmas hymn requests coming!

While Shepherd Watched came out in 1703, while good Queen Anne was on the throne of England. Lyrics by Nahum Tate, melody by Handel. And if you’d like to know what it sounded like back then, I can’t do better than assign that job to Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

Prayer Request: For Christmas 2017

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. (Isaiah 60:1-3)

Father in Heaven, this day we proclaim that Light has entered the world, Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. Bless this Christmas Day of 2017 and give it extraordinary power, all throughout the coming year, to draw our hearts to Jesus Christ, our only Savior and our King, the Son of God. You see how we need Him! Bring forth that day, O Lord our God, when every knee shall bow to Jesus Christ, and every tongue confess Him lord: in Jesus’ name, amen.

(Hymn: Light of the World by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band)

Bonus: ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’

It’s ten days to Christmas, I look out the window and it’s snowing like mad, and let’s just drop the nooze for a while and get back to the Good News–Jesus Christ is born! The Word of God has come in the flesh.

We don’t often get to hear all the verses of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, but here they are, courtesy of Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

The invitation is still open to any reader to request a Christmas hymn: can’t have too many of those. Request as many as you want, there’s no limit.

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