Your Sunday Hymn: Be Thou My Vision

For your listening pleasure – a live studio performance of Chelsea Moon singing the traditional Irish hymn, “Be Thou My Vision.”


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Your Sunday Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

A combined performance of “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” by the Sanctuary Choir, the Cathedral Choir of Young Men and Boys, the Cecilian Carolers, organ and orchestra  at the First Presbyterian Church, Davenport, Iowa.



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Your Sunday Hymn: Choral Meditations from National Shrine of Immaculate Conception

I had the pleasure of attending mass twice, there this lent (during CPAC) and was impressed by the incredible quality of the outstanding choir.

Here are some Choral Meditations from National Shrine of Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, recorded 3-31-2013.

You can see Callista Gingrich (Newt’s wife) on the right side of the choir.

Your Sunday Hymn: I heard the Voice of Jesus Say

One of my favorite hymns – I heard the Voice of Jesus Say – in five different settings.

Jacob Moon with Sahra Featherstone performed the hymn on the Canadian  television series, God’s Greatest Hits:

I heard the voice of Jesus say, Trinity Hersttour Elburg:

Roots Worship Collective- I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say:

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say – McLean Bible Church Celtic Band – Ben Roundtree:

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say is arranged by Ben Roundtree and performed by the McLean Bible Church Celtic Band: Rosanna Louie-Juzwiak, Fiddle; Bob Pegritz, Irish Whistle; Michael Thomas, Cello; Bob Roche, Percussion; Holly Grate, Piano; and Ace Cooper, Bass. Ben Roundtree, music director and Dean Dillard,

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (Kingsfold) — Choir of Manchester Cathedral:

The Choir of Manchester Cathedral, under the direction of Christopher Stokes, perform the hymn ‘I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say’.

About Horatio Bonar “the prince of Scottish hymn writers”:

A pastor in the Church of Scotland, Horatio Bonar found that he had gift and an interest in writing verse, and took to writing adult hymns.

This continued as a habit while he served as pastor, and in the course of his ministry he published a number of hymn compilations.

“I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” was one of the hymns he wrote during his tenure at Kelso. This is perhaps his most famous song, having found good reception not only in Scotland but also in the wider English-speaking world.

What makes the hymn so widely appealing may well be its focus on the gospel call of Christ to come to him, look to him, drink, and rest, and the simple call to obey and to find in him all that he has promised. It is simple, sweet and encouraging.


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Your Sunday Hymn: Sancti Dei Omnes

For Sunday, June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles:

Veneration of the two great Apostles, Peter and Paul, has its roots in the very foundations of the Church. They are the solid rock on which the Church is built. They are at the origin of her faith and will forever remain her protectors and her guides. To them Rome owes her true greatness, for it was under God’s providential guidance that they were led to make the capital of the Empire, sanctified by their martyrdom, the center of the Christian world whence should radiate the preaching of the Gospel.

Sancti Dei Omnes (All You Saints of Heaven) by Haydn (1737-1806) arr. by Richard Proulx, is performed by the choir of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Salt Lake City Utah.

Turn it up:

Bonus Sunday Song: “That’s What’s Up”

A song about never-ending love song as by two girls with voices like angels. It’s not a hymn – but the way they sing it – it way as well be, because these gifted girls glorify God in their own way.

Lennon and Maisy sing “That’s What’s up. Be sure to listen for the solos.



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Your Sunday Hymn: Draw Us In The Spirit’s Tether

Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether performed May 18, 2008 by the Lauda! Chamber Singers, Charles Walker, Artistic Director:


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Your Sunday Hymn: Holy God We Praise Thy Name/Faith of Our Fathers

For Trinity Sunday, a classic Catholic Hymn, Holy God We Praise Thy Name sung by the Irish Philharmonic Chorus on October 18, 1996.

Your Sunday Hymn: Veni Sancte Spiritus

Pentecost Sunday – the 50th and final day of the Easter Season – is finally here.

Pentecost celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles in the book of Acts, ushering in the beginning of Christianity.

The Sequence of Pentecost: Veni, Sancte Spíritus, et emítte caélitus lucis tuæ rádium:

Veni Sancte Spiritus, sometimes called the “Golden Sequence,” is a sequence prescribed in the Roman Liturgy for the Masses of Pentecostand its octave, exclusive of the following Sunday.[1] It is usually attributed to either the thirteenth-century Pope Innocent III or to the Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton, although it has been attributed to others as well.

Veni Sancte Spiritus is one of only four medieval Sequences which were preserved in the Missale Romanum published in 1570 following theCouncil of Trent (1545-63). Before Trent many feasts had their own sequences.[2] It is still sung today.




Your Sunday Hymn: Hymn To The Fallen

In honor of the soldiers who give us the freedoms we have today:

On May 23, for the first time, The Washington DC National Cathedral hosted Rolling Thunder, for a blessing of the bikes.

The  Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom are the thousands of bikers who roll in to DC every year to honor and remember  “our brothers and sisters who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy every day and for the full accounting of all POWs-MIAs and veterans’ rights.” , organizers expect roughly 800,000 over the weekend.

Via Twitchy:


Your Sunday Hymn: O Christ the Great Foundation

Chosen for the lyrics – which have special meaning for persecuted Christians throughout the world.

Especially the third verse:

meriam_yehya_ibrahim_ishag_kab_140516_16x9_608Where tyrants’ hold is tightened,

Where strong devour the weak,
Where innocents are frightened,
The righteous fear to speak,
There let Your church awaking
Attack the powers of sin
And, all their ramparts breaking,
With You the victory win.

Your Sunday Hymn: Shepherd Of My Heart

Of all the wonderful shepherd hymns there are – this is one of my favorites  – and these nuns do a splendid job belting it out for their Gold and Silver Jubilee Mass on July 27, 2013 at Mount Sacred Heart.

Your Sunday Hymn: Come To The Water

Lakeland College Choir sings Come To The Water – a beautiful hymn about God providing (from Isaiah 55).

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Sunday Hymn: Without Seeing You

I don’t think I’ve ever posted this gorgeous, inspirational hymn by David Haas for my Sunday hymn.  I don’t know why – it’s one of my favorites. If you’re Catholic, there’s a good chance you sung this one in church, this morning.



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Good Friday Hymn: O sacred head now wounded

The tune of this remarkable reflection of the death of Christ, O Sacred Head Now Wounded, comes from the Passion Chorale, by J. S. Bach. The poem in the original Latin is often attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), but is now attributed to the Medieval poet Arnulf of Louvain (died 1250).   It was translated into German by Lutheran hymnist Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676).

There are several English translations:

The hymn was first translated into English in 1752 by John Gambold (1711–1771), an Anglican vicar in Oxfordshire. His translation begins, “O Head so full of bruises.” In 1830 a new translation of the hymn was made by an American Presbyterian minister, James Waddel Alexander (1804-1859). Alexander’s translation, beginning “O sacred head, now wounded,” became one of the most widely used in 19th and 20th century hymnals.

Another English translation, based on the German, was made in 1861 by Sir Henry Baker. Published in Hymns Ancient and Modern, it begins, “O sacred head surrounded by crown of piercing thorn.”

In 1899 the English poet Robert Bridges (1844-1930) made a fresh translation from the original Latin, beginning “O sacred Head, sore wounded, defiled and put to scorn.” This is the version used in the 1940 Hymnal (Episcopal), the 1982 Hymnal (Episcopal; stanzas 1-3 and 5), and the Church of England‘s New English Hymnal (1986) and several other late 20th-century hymn books.

The DePaul Community Chorus sang “O Sacred Head”  at its Fall 2008 Concert in Chicago. Stephen Blackwelder, conductor. Lisa Kristina, accompanist.

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