When choosing videos to accompany the hymns I try to choose ones that best capture the spirit of the song as it has been important to me. I obviously stick to the traditional and best known tunes in the case where alternate tunes might be used.
Hosanna- Christian Gregor (1783)
For many Moravians it isn't Advent or Palm Sunday without the Hosanna Anthem. It is, of course, based on the call of the crowds as Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We use it on the First Sunday in Advent as that is the beginning of the church year and the coming of Jesus into the world. The Moravian Church in the East West Indies Province describes the song this way:
The Hosanna Anthem can be sung at anytime during the year, however, it is on Advent Sunday or the season of Advent and Palm Sunday, that its real meaning and significance is borne out. Both seasons speak to the coming of Jesus.According to Wikipedia, Christian Gregor (1723-1801)
is credited with the Moravian liturgical development of the late 18th century and the introduction of concerted anthems into worship services. Gregor edited the 1779 hymnal and the 1784 chorale book of the Unitas Fratrum. He composed several hundred musical works which are preserved in American collections.Hosanna! Blessed is He That comes!
Blessed is He That comes in the Name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!
Here is a video of the Moravian College Choir performing the anthem as part of the 2009 Moravian Music Festival in Bethlehem, PA.
Great Hymns of the Church
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing- Robert Robison (1757)
An English Baptist, Robert Robinson penned the words at age 22 in the year 1757. It is one of the most heartfelt hymns of grace that I ever sing. Some of that may lie in the tune that we find in most American hymnals, Nettleton, written by John Wyeth. The best hymns are always a weaving of words and music into a whole that is greater than either part alone.
1. Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.
My favorite verse, one that always sends chills up my spine, is the last verse still in use in a number of hymnals.
4. O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
Gospel-type Hymns and Songs
Blessed Assurance- Fanny Crosby (1873)
Fanny Crosby, 1820-1915, was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. She was one of the most prolific hymnists in history, writing more than 8,000 hymns and gospel songs, with more than 100 million copies printed, despite being blind from shortly after birth. She is also known for her teaching and her rescue mission work. -Wikipedia
1. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.
2. Perfect submission, perfect delight!
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.