‘Soldiers of Christ, Arise’

All you need is Fanny Crosby, Isaac Watts, and Charles Wesley, and you’ve got enough hymns to last a lifetime.

Soldiers of Christ Arise, by Charles Wesley, sung by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band in 18th century style–this may well be what the hymn sounded like when it was first sung in a worship service.

‘Soldiers of Christ, Arise’

Here’s another wonderful 18th century hymn by Charles Wesley–Soldiers of Christ, Arise–performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

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‘Soldiers of Christ, Arise’

I found this hymn by Charles Wesley posted on the Ezekiel Countdown blog yesterday (highly recommended: http://ezekielcountdown.com), and wished to use it here. This rendition is by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, in 18th century style.

Christ’s soldiers had better arise. We’ve got our work cut out for us.

Bonus Hymn, ‘Soldiers of Christ, Arise’

A Charles Wesley hymn, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band: Soldiers of Christ, Arise.

As is not unusual, the youtube page for this hymn includes a comment by an atheist, responding to it rather–I think–wistfully. To which I can only answer, “Sister, come in! The feast is on the table, and there’s a chair here with your name on it!”

‘Soldiers of Christ, Arise’

Here’s a fine old 18th century hymn to pump you up–Soldiers of Christ, Arise, sung by Maddy Prior to the old, perhaps original, musical arrangement.

Again on the hymn’s youtube page I find wistful comments by atheists, who love the music but remain standing on the outside, looking in.

But you can come in! The door is open. And the good things that you see inside, more valuable than anything you could pay for them, are already yours–the free gift of God. For Jesus Christ has already paid the bill, and you are free and clear.

As are we all who gather in His presence.