Your Sunday Hymn: The Servant Song

This Sunday’s hymn is dedicated to all of the courageous individuals who have traveled to West Africa and put their own lives at risk, to fight the dreadful Ebola virus there.

This is an excruciatingly beautiful duet of the much beloved hymn, “The Servant Song”,  sung  by a young duo as part of a British Christian Music Program.

Lyrics:

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Your Sunday Hymn: Judica me Deus

Quire Cleveland under guest conductor, Timothy Brown, performing the Lennox Berkeley’s 1978 setting of Judica me, Deus (Psalm 42). Church of the Resurrection, Solon, Ohio, October 30, 2011.

Via Choral Wiki: 

Clementine Vulgate (Psalm 42)

Latin.png Latin text

1 Psalmus David. Judica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta, ab homine iniquo et doloso erue me.

2 Quia tu es, Deus, fortitudo mea, quare me repulisti? Et quare tristis incedo,
dum affligit me inimicus?

3 Emitte lucem tuam et veritatem tuam; ipsa me deduxerunt, et adduxerunt in montem sanctum tuum, et in tabernacula tua.

4 Et introibo ad altare Dei, ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam. Confitebor tibi in cithara, Deus, Deus meus.

5 Quare tristis es, anima mea? Et quare conturbas me?

Spera in Deo, quoniam adhuc confitebor illi, salutare vultus mei, et Deus meus.

Church of England 1662 Book of Common Prayer

English.png English text

1 Give sentence with me, O God, and defend my cause against the ungodly people: O deliver me from the deceitful and wicked man.

2 For thou art the God of my strength, why hast thou put me from thee: and why go I so heavily,
while the enemy oppresseth me?

3 O send out thy light and thy truth, that they may lead me: and bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy dwelling.

4 And that I may go unto the altar of God, even unto the God of my joy and gladness: and upon the harp will I give thanks unto thee, O God, my God.

5 Why art thou so heavy, O my soul: and why art thou so disquieted within me?

6 O put thy trust in God: for I will yet give him thanks, which is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Your Sunday Hymn: Beautiful Savior

Also known as the Crusader’s hymn because it is believed that German Crusaders sang the hymn on their way to the Holy Land.

Sung magnificently by the St. Olaf Choir:

Lyrics:

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Your Sunday Hymn: Eye Has Not Seen

This beautiful hymn was written by Marty Haugen and is a favorite in Catholic churches.

This version starts in unison, ends with beautiful harmonies.

Lyrics:

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Your Sunday Hymn: Lift High The Cross

For the Exultation of the Holy Cross, Sept 14th, perennial fave, Lift High The Cross, words by George W. Kitch­in; mod­i­fied by Mi­chael R. New­bolt in 1916.

Music: Crucifer, Syd­ney H. Ni­chol­son, 1916.

I found this wonderful Indian Christian choir on YouTube, Here is their rendition of Lift High the Cross.

You’re in for a treat.

 

Lyrics:

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Your Sunday Hymn: The Summons

The Summons aka “Will You Come and Follow Me was written by John L. Bell in 1980. The melody, ‘Kelvingrove’, is a Scottish traditional melody.

Lyrics:

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Your Sunday Hymn: Onward Christian Soldiers

Onward, Christian Soldiers” is a 19th-century English hymn written by Sabine Baring-Gould in 1865. The music was composed by Arthur Sullivan in 1871.

Sullivan named the tune “St. Gertrude,” after the wife of his friend Ernest Clay Ker Seymer, at whose country home he composed the tune.[1][2] The Salvation Army adopted the hymn as its favoured processional.[3] The piece became Sullivan’s most popular hymn.[1] The hymn’s theme is taken from references in the New Testament to the Christian being a soldier for Christ, for example II Timothy 2:3 (KJV): “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”

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