‘Gwahoddiad’ (‘I Am Coming, Lord’)

Here’s another of those Welsh hymns that sounds like something you would hear in Heaven–Gwahoddiad (“I Am Coming, Lord”). Don’t worry about understanding it: we have English lyrics posted. And part of your soul will understand it anyway.

‘Bread of Heaven’

I had a very troubled sleep last night, but I found this old Welsh hymn a comfort–Cwm Rhondda. In English, Bread of Heaven; but that’s only one of several hymns carried by this melody. And if a Welsh choir can’t stir your soul… well, you’re missing something wonderful.

‘Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah’ (J&J)

A Welsh hymn, performed in Japan, with an American audience–that’s the kind of thing that makes Christianity glorious.

Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah, performed by our friends and esteemed colleagues, Joshua and Jeremy… very nice work, guys.

Encore, ‘Hyfrydol’

Foggy, dreary, wet this morning; and no hymn requests, so I’m on my own.

How about a nice Welsh hymn? Hyfrydol, with Bryn Terfel as soloist, backed up by the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Don’t worry if you can’t make out the lyrics; they’re in Welsh. But the music speaks for itself… and says “Amen.”

This Hymn Gets Around!

By the Welsh National Opera, with Gareth Jones

Yesterday I posted Alleluiah, Sing to Jesus, and Elder Mike found it hauntingly familiar but couldn’t place it. When I told him the melody goes with several different hymns, he asked me what they were. I didn’t know, offhand, so I’ve looked it up.

“Hyfrydol” is a Welsh melody; the word means “delightful” or “pleasant” in Welsh. I love to play it on my harmonica, and churches all over the world have adopted it as a setting for some of their favorite hymns.

Here are seven hymns [source: Wikipedia] that use the Hyfrydol melody:

Alleluiah, Sing to Jesus; Love Divine, All Loves Excelling and Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (these two with lyrics by Charles Wesley); I Will Sing the Wondrous Story; Our Great Savior; I Will Sing of My Redeemer; and In Humility, Our Savior

I have no idea how many different hymnals these appear in. It has every chance of seeming familiar to lots and lots of Christians of all denominations.

And one thing’s sure–you can’t beat a Welsh choir.

‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’

Well, the answers didn’t come pouring in, so I think I’ll post the hymn.

A Welsh hymn, performed by Canadian students on an island in Hawaii–Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah, sung by students from Fountainview Academy: this is what makes Christianity a world religion.

‘Bread of Heaven’ (‘Cwm Rhondda’)

There’s nothing like a Welsh choir to deliver a hymn straight to the door of your soul! Bread of Heaven (“Cwm Rhondda” in Welsh), sung by the Morriston Orpheus Choir.

And we had one of those grand old churches in our town–but it’s long, long gone. We just don’t keep anything, around here.

‘Alleluia! Sing to Jesus’

The Welsh melody Hyfrydol provides the music for many different hymns. Here we have it with Alleluiah! Sing to Jesus, sung by St. Michael’s Singers at Coventry Cathedral.

My allergies are still tormenting me, but at least I got some sleep last night. Maybe I’ll be better by the afternoon.

‘Calo Lan’ (‘A Pure Heart’)

I can’t understand the Welsh lyrics, but I still find my soul stirred by this hymn. Heard it on a detective show, of all things, the other night, and I want to share.

Calo Lan means “A Pure Heart.” Sung here by the Dowlais Male Choir on St. David’s Day in Wales.

By Request, ‘Sent Forth by God’s Blessing’

Requested by “Thewhiterabbit,” with a melody borrowed from a Welsh folk tune–Sent Forth by God’s Blessing. I do wish I knew who performed this–with a harpsichord in the background, no less. But whoever it was, it’s beautiful. Thank you!