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Initial post: Nov 3, 2012 8:17:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2012 9:42:50 AM PDT
When I was a believer, I enjoyed singing hymns. I liked certain hymns for the way they articulated theology. The way some of the hymn writers crafted their words were quite beautiful, by any standard. So what are some of your favorite hymns, and what are some of your favorite verses? Why do you like a particular hymn?
Here were three of my favorites. The first was my favorite.

Title: "Holy, Holy, Holy
Reginald Heber, 1783-1826
John B. Dykes, 1823-1876

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!

Title: "Arise , My Soul, Arise!
Charles Wesley, 1707-1788

Arise, my soul, arise!
Shake off thy guilty fears;
The bleeding Sacrifice
In my behalf appears:
Before the throne my Surety stands
Before the throne my Surety stands
My name is written on His hands.

He ever lives above,
For me to intercede;
His all redeeming love,
His precious blood to plead:
His blood atoned for all our race
His blood atoned for all our race
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

Lastly,

Title: "It is Well with My Soul
Horatio G. Spafford, 1828-1888
Philip P. Bliss 1838-1876

My sin---O the bliss of this glorious tho't---
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross,
And I bear it no more:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

At the time, I would have said I liked the above hymns because they showed the majesty of God, and the fact that He did all that was necessary to accomplish salvation.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 8:35:21 AM PDT
Ep, The Ave Maria is my favorite, and O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Peace always in the Most Precious Blood of Christ

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 9:33:21 AM PDT
Jeff Marzano says:
I used to listen to some of the CDs created by the Monks Of The Weston Priory. Those guys were talented musicians. I guess the original singer retired or something at which point their music changed.

They have some pretty good CDs although it seems like whenever I have tried to find them there's at least one that was never converted from cassette to CD. That album has a song called 'Spirit' or something like that.

I've heard some great singing in Catholic Churches over the years. I don't know the names of all of the songs though.

Music is the most powerful of the arts they say.

Jeff Marzano

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 9:38:33 AM PDT
Anne Rice says:
"I am the Bread of Life" is my most favorite modern hymn
(I am the Bread of Life; He who comes to me shall not hunger.")

Favorite old hymn is Panis Angelicus.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 11:04:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2012 11:12:28 AM PDT
Astrocat says:
My father's favorite hymn is still mine, long years after I left the church behind. I still play it on the piano and sing at the top of my voice. I don't think of it in Christian terms anymore, but in the sense that we are all responsible for each other's well being.

LET THE LOWER LIGHTS BE BURNING
Brightly beams our Father's mercy from His lighthouse evermore,
But to us He gives the keeping of the lights along the shore.

Chorus:
Let the lower lights be burning! Send a gleam across the wave!
Some poor struggling, sinking seaman you may rescue, you may save.

Dark the night of sin has settled, loud the angry billows roar;
Eager eyes are watching, longing, for the lights, along the shore.

Chorus:
Let the lower lights be burning! Send a gleam across the wave!
Some poor struggling seaman you may rescue, you may save.

Trim your feeble lamp, my brother, some poor sailor tempest tossed,
Trying now to make the harbor, in the darkness may be lost.

Chorus:
Let the lower lights be burning! Send a gleam across the wave!
Some poor struggling seaman, you may rescue, you may save.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 11:16:08 AM PDT
Astrocat says:
Oh, Anne, Panis Angelicus, sung by Pavarotti, is truly heavenly!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 11:38:52 AM PDT
mrs exp says:
Epistem Quest,
Those are great hymns.

I also like one that goes "Coming again, coming again, Jesus is coming again" in the chorus.

And "Praise him, praise him, tell of his excellent greatness.

And "Jesus, Jesus, there is something about that name"
exp

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 11:39:33 AM PDT
mrs exp says:
Nancy Davison,
That's a great hymn.
exp

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 11:59:59 AM PDT
dischism says:
I rather like "Lord of the Dance", a modern hymn set to a Shaker song.

Here's a Scottish folk group, the Corries, singing it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eRTA5NCaco

I'm not a Christian, but I like the symbolism.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 2:41:19 PM PDT
mrs exp,

While I no longer believe, I like your choices. They are very nice hymns. I particularly like the tune in "Praise him, praise him, tell of his excellent greatness." Great tune! Health and happiness to you mrs exp!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 2:50:43 PM PDT
Astrocat says:
Another one that I still like to play is How Great Thou Art. And Amazing Grace, of course, even though I don't necessarily accept the concepts in either of the lyrics. The music is wonderful.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 2:54:49 PM PDT
handels messiah
far better than any hymn

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 3:02:59 PM PDT
Horsey,

Beautiful piece of music! Nice choice. Hey, I agree with you. That's scary!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 3:04:41 PM PDT
sometimes a blind hog can find an acorn

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 3:40:07 PM PDT
mrs exp says:
Epistem Quest,
And the same to you. I feel sorrow that you no longer believe.
exp

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 3:41:45 PM PDT
mrs exp says:
Nancy Davison,
I love How Great Thou Art also. I also like the music for Ave Maria but cannot accept the concept of the words.
exp

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 3:43:35 PM PDT
mrs exp says:
horse,
majestic, but better than any? I can't play or sing handels messiah so I can't participate in it entirely. I prefer something I can sing.
exp

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 4:30:38 PM PDT
Astrocat says:
We could get into a whole discussion on which hymns neither of us could sing because of the lyrics. I have no problem with either Ave Maria, but can't stomach "Washed in the Blood of the Lamb." !!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 7:43:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2012 7:45:24 PM PDT
G. J. Stein says:
Epistem Quest:

I remember "Holy, Holy, Holy" too from the old days of going to mass.

When I was an alter-boy I seemed to love some of those somber tunes they'd sing at funerals, like one that went:
'Return to me ye pure in heart, don't let earth keep us apart; long have I waited for your coming home to me...'
And I don't remember the rest.

THX

Oh, and now days I love the old version of 'Leaning On the Everlasting Arms'.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 7:52:19 PM PDT
i prefer to listen
when i sing people stick a finger in their ear

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 10:34:28 PM PDT
Yog-Sothoth says:
"In The Garden"
"Old Rugged Cross"
"In The Sweet By and By"
"There Is A Fountain"
"Uncloudy Day"
"Navy Hymn" ("Eternal Father, Strong To Save")

I suppose some of those may be considered "Gospel Songs", rather than "Hymns".

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 10:44:56 PM PDT
Astrocat says:
Yog, my mother, father and I used to sing "In the Garden" in three part harmony. What a great memory!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 11:19:50 PM PDT
mrs exp says:
horse,
I only sing when I'm alone.
exp

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 11:40:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 4, 2012 11:46:49 AM PST
G. J. Stein,

It is good music. "Leaning On the Everlasting Arms" has an upbeat tune. I remember years ago at the church I used to attend, that "Leaning" would almost always be requested when we had an informal hymn sing. It was definitely a favorite among the congregation.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 11:43:05 AM PST
mrs exp,

I'm sure if there is a God, your voice is music to his ears because it comes from a sincere and believing heart.
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