My Country Tis of Thee

During his long and productive ministry, Samuel Francis Smith composed nearly two hundred hymns. But it is for one he wrote while still in seminary that he was best known. Musician Lowell Mason had asked him to translate some German verses for a song book he was preparing. Among the tunes he handed Smith was a German patriotic hymn, God …

Handel’s Messiah

Thefirst public performance of Handel’s Messiahwas held in Dublin, Ireland on this day in 1742. George Frideric Handel was a Baroque composer from Magdeburg who had lived in England for thirty years. The previous summer he was invited to…

St. Patrick’s Morning Prayer

“Today I arise, through the baptism of Christ—His cross; and His grave; resurrection; ascension; and final descent, for the judgment of doom.”Today I arise, while God’s angels serve—I heed all His heralds, through reading His Word. He makes His sai…

Comfort, Comfort

Comfort, comfort ye my people,speak ye peace, thus saith our God;comfort those who sit in darkness,mourning ‘neath their sorrow’s load;speak ye to Jerusalemof the peace that waits for them;tell her that her sins I cover,and her warfare now is over.For …

“The Whip of Advent” by Tristan Gylberd

 The pitch of thestall was gloriousThough the straw wasdusty and oldThough it blew bitterand coldThe wind sang with orchestral beautyThe night wasmysteriously gleamingThough the earth wasfallen, forlornFor under the eavesof splendorA child-The Chi…

The Battle Hymn of the Reformation

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,On earth is not his equal.D…

Anacreon in Heaven

The War of 1812 had been fiercely raging for two years when Francis Scott Key,a Washington attorney was sent to the British naval command to secure therelease of a prisoner when the fleet began to bombard the placements of Americanfortifications in Bal…

Awaken

The Great Awakening touched every sectionof the colonial domains of England in the New World—from northern-most NewEngland to southern-most Georgia. And its impact was enormous. Interestingly, this cultural and spiritual phenomenon was enti…

New Music Favs: 2010

1. Still, Nathan Clark George and Mark Stoffel2. My Cry Ascends, Greg Wilbur 3. Twelfth Night, HEM4. The Distance In Between, Matthew Perryman Jones5. Infinite Arms, Band of Horses6. So Runs the World Away, Josh Ritter7. A Good Day, Priscilla Ahn8. Fe…