Sunday, August 4, 2013

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #11

I miss the old hymns that I remember from my childhood - there were no drums, no electric guitar and no mind numbing beat. It was just voices and maybe a piano or an organ. The choir led the congregation in singing - and the words of these hymns are poetic. I realize that there is a need for the modern "seeker oriented" worship music - but it is also necessary to have deeper songs (no offense intended to anyone who prefers the newer church songs).

I decided to have an "Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing" once a month on this blog.
I personally do NOT have a great singing voice - I used to play the guitar & piano but my voice is NOT an instrument. That's the great thing about this digital hymn sing, you can warble along without being embarrassed or without offending anyone else.

The hymns that we will be studying are taken from an old hymnal from a Baptist church that is no longer in existence - "The North American Hymnal" published in 1956 by "THE ROGER WILLIAMS PRESS"

I will also try to find a version of the featured hymn on "YouTube" to share with you each month.

Today's feature song is "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty" by hymnist Reginald Heber (1783-1826) and composed by John B. Dykes (1823-1876).  This was originally written for "Trinity Sunday".  This hymn did not become the hymn that we know today until 1861 - many years after Reginald Heber's death - when the words were put to music by the composer. 

Please listen to the "YouTube" video below the typed lyrics - ENJOY!.

Turn with me to number 19 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty
by Reginald Heber (1783-1826) composed by John B. Dykes (1823-1876)
1. Holy, holy, holy!  Lord God Almighty!  Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;  Holy, Holy, Holy, merciful and mighty!  God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!
2.   Holy, holy, holy!  all the saints adore Thee, Casting down their golden crowns around the crystal sea;  Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee, Which wast, and art, and ever more shalt be.
3.  Holy, holy, holy!  tho the darkness hide Thee, Tho' the eye of sinful men Thy glory may not see;  Only Thow art holy;  there is none beside Thee, Perfect in pow'r, in love, and purity.
4.  Holy, holy, holy!  Lord God Almighty!  All Thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea;  Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!  God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Linked to:
Wisdom Wednesday

1 comment:

  1. I enjoy the hymn each Sunday, especially this Sunday as I am ill and missed church. Thanks!


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