Your Sunday Hymn: Comfort Comfort Oh My People

A beautiful advent hymn, we don’t hear enough of is Comfort Comfort O My People:

Words: “Tröstet, tröstet meine Lieben,” Johannes Olearius, (1611-1684)Geistliche Singe-Kunst (Leipzig, Germany: 1671)

Translated from German to English by Catherine Winkworth, alt., in Chorale Book for England, 1863.
Olearius wrote this hymn for St. John the Baptist’s Day (June 24).
See Isaiah 40:1-8.

Music: “Freu dich sehr”, Genevan Psalter, 1551
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“Werde munter, mein Gemüthe,” Johann Schop, 1642.

Olear­i­us wrote this hymn for St. John the Bap­tist’s Day (June 24).

Sit back and enjoy this gorgeous choral version of this ancient hymn:


1. 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 Jerusalem
Of the peace that waits for them;
Tell her that her sins I cover,
And her warfare now is over.

2. For the herald’s voice is crying
In the desert far and near,
Bidding all men to repentance,
Since the kingdom now is here.
O that warning cry obey!
Now prepare for God a way!
Let the valleys rise to meet Him,
And the hills bow down to greet Him.

3. Yea, her sins our God will pardon,
Blotting out each dark misdeed;
All that well deserved His anger
He will no more see nor heed.
She has suffered many a day,
Now her griefs have passed away,
God will change her pining sadness
Into ever springing gladness.

4. Make ye straight what long was crooked,
Make the rougher places plain:
Let your hearts be true and humble,
As befits His holy reign,
For the glory of the Lord
Now o’er the earth is shed abroad,
And all flesh shall see the token
That His Word is never broken.

Judge Jeanine Pirro: The Thought Police Should Get The Duck Outta Here (Video)

“This week’s Duck Dynasty controversy seems more about the left and the right and the lengths that that go to defend their views of the world.” Judge Jeanine Pirro declared in her opening statement, Saturday night. She ran off a list of horrendous anti-gay offenses currently taking place in other parts of the world, and suggested that gays focus their attention on that.

“Personally”, she declared, “I don’t give a damn what you do in the privacy of your bedroom, who you do it with, how often you do it – that’s between you, your partner and God. But I also think – having been schooled in the Constitution as well as having rendered legal decisions on the Constitution,  that Phil Robertson, the patriarch of Duck Dynasty has the right to say what he thinks. As far as I’m concerned, the duck police should get the duck outta here!”

“If it’s considered blasphemous for him to quote the greatest book on earth, and he should be censored for those beliefs, what’s next?” Pirro asked. “Will we stop printing the bible because some people are offended by what’s in it? Will this be America’s  Kristallnacht?

Pirro had Father Gerald Murray, Pastor of the Church of the Holy Family in NYC to talk about religious values in America, today. Murray sounded refreshingly orthodox in his answers.

In speaking of Obama’s assault on freedom of conscience vis a vis the HHS contraception mandate, he said, “the president has acted disgracefully in this in this regard, he told Cardinal Dolan we’re not going to hurt the Catholic Church. He went ahead and  did….He’s losing in court all over the place, thank God. It’s time for him to back up and say look – it’s not just the computers and the lost policies – we’re not going to be the sovereign of the conscience of the American people. Let them believe what they want to believe!”


I’ve been meaning to link to this: Duck Dynasty: The Show That Got Away:

Like Jeanine, I don’t watch Duck Dynasty, but my husband a 15 year old daughter do. And they love it. The Robertsons are funny and a little goofy, but apparently there’s always a moral to every episode, and it ends with them gathered around the table in prayer. Kinda sweet.

I’ve long been suspicious that liberal A & E wasn’t expecting Duck Dynasty to be successful in the way it has. The audience was supposed to laugh AT the Robertsons. Not WITH them. They certainly weren’t supposed to admire them, and yearn for their families to be more like them.

Pat Archbold of the National Catholic Register was thinking the same thing.

This is what happened.  The whole idea of the show was to parade these nouveau riche Christian hillbillies around so that we could laugh at them. “Look at them,” we were supposed to say.  “Look how backward they are!  Look what they believe!  Can you believe they really live this way and believe this stuff?  See how they don’t fit in? HAHAHA”

When the producers saw the way the show was shaping up, different than they envisioned it, they tried to change course.  They tried to get the Robertson’s to tone down their Christianity, but to their eternal credit they refused.  They tried to add fake cussin’ to the show by inserting bleeps where no cussword was uttered.  At best, they wanted to make the Robertson’s look like crass buffoons. At worst they wanted them to look like hypocrites.

They desperately wanted us to laugh at the Robertsons.  Instead, we loved them.

A&E wanted us to point fingers at them and laugh at them.  But something else happened entirely.  Millions upon millions of people tuned in, not to laugh at them, but to laugh with them.

And then we pointed at them.  We pointed at them and said things like, “I wish my family was more like them.  I wish we prayed together as a family.  I wish we were together like the Robertsons.”

By the time this all happened, A&E had a conundrum.  They knew who the Robertsons were and what they believe and they still held it in disdain.  But they really liked the money.  Really liked the money. So they lived with it.

But the progressives whose bank accounts were not growing fatter because of these backward rubes were never inclined to look the other way.  They hate the show and they really hate the response to the show.  They want it destroyed.

John Hayward says they were set up:

I’ve been saying since Friday that I thought someone at the A&E network was actively out to get the Robertson family and shut “Duck Dynasty” down.  Maybe it’s an internal power play at the network, a couple of executives enforcing their ideology on the rest, or maybe it’s the entire executive clique at headquarters, perhaps after protracted nudging from liberal pressure groups.  The whole Phil Robertson suspension happened way too fast to be a bolt from the blue, especially given the enormous size of the show’s audience.  Knee-jerk censorship as a snap decision is harder to swallow when you’re talking about the network’s top show, the biggest program of its type in cable TV history.

Well, well, well, what do you know… it turns out the network had a publicist in the room with Phil Robertson when he gave much of his fateful interview to GQ magazine.  And yet, no attempt at damage control was made, either during or after the interview.

That’s a bit curious, isn’t it?  The network didn’t do diddly-squat to stand up for the star of its top show.  His comments have been widely distorted and misquoted, but A&E hasn’t lifted a finger to make it clear precisely what he said, and exactly why they find it an offense that merits suspension.

Confirmed: The Daily Mail: ‘Hung out to dry’: Duck Dynasty star and family lash back at A & E for making his controversial interview public and for suspending him for ‘homophobic comments’:

A source close to the family, who asked not to be named, told MailOnline: ‘You have to ask yourself, why this interview happened and why it ever became public. Someone from A&E was there and was aware of the kind of answers Phil was giving.

‘But despite that, they didn’t ever try to stop it or control it. Instead, they let it hit the headlines and then released a statement condemning it.

‘It is our belief that they knew what was going to happen and then used the situation to exercise control over Phil.

‘It is our understanding that when the TV executives came up with the concept for the show they wanted it to be a case of people laughing at a bunch of backward rednecks.

‘But when it didn’t turn out like that and people actually started identifying with the way the family behaved and were laughing with them, not at them, they became uncomfortable. It did not sit will with the New York TV types.


Oh, and Stacy on the Right has the Gay Lobby spitting mad at her, I hear:

Duck Dynasty star censored by A&E…

Why I oppose the Homosexual Lobby

American Black Church: where are you?

You go girl.

The Conversation: GLAAD Targets Catholic Group, Bob Newhart and Wins… Again

The People’s Cube: God Responds to Lawsuit Against the Word “Sin”

The People’s Cube: Duck Dynasty’s Robertson Angers Alcoholics, Philanderers

Weasel Zippers: GLAAD: Phil Robertson Needs To Be Re-Educated, Says They Will Target Companies Doing Business With Him…


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