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Favorite Hymn or Spiritual Song

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posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 05:42 PM
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Greetings All,

I thought it might be interesting to get your feedback on the following question:

What hymn or spiritual music piece would you say has the most meaning for you, and why?

I will say that as far as Christian hymns are concerned my favorite would be " My Jesus I love thee":


My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine;
for thee all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art thou;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

I love thee because thou hast first loved me,
and purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree;
I love thee for wearing the thorns on thy brow;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight;
I'll ever adore thee in heaven so bright;
I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.


This is such a pure song of praise and thanksgiving that everytime I hear it, it is like realising for the first time just how much God was willing to sacrifice for my/our salvation. It never fails to touch me or bring tears to my eyes.

So, how about you? Do you have a favorite hymn, spiritual song or piece of sacred music that is important to you. Share it with us, please.

*** Note to Mods: while I realize this is music oriented, I posted it here because of the nature of the music involved. A thread about Christian hymns and sacred music seemed inappropriate to the music forum***




posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 05:50 PM
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Well, I think the unconvertible best is Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.

But my favorite lesser-known hymn is To God be the Glory:



To God be the glory
To God be the glory
To God be the glory
For the things He has done
With His blood He has saved me
With His power He has raised me
To God be the glory
For the things He has done.


[edit on 11/9/2006 by djohnsto77]



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 05:51 PM
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For me it would have to be "Amazing Grace". It was played at my grandfathers funeral so I am deeply touched not only by the words but the time it represents.




Amazing Grace

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 05:54 PM
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Originally posted by djohnsto77
Well, I think the unconvertible best is Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.


Oh man that is a good one, gives me chills just thinking about it. Last year I went to the Phoenix symphony and Chorus to see Handel's Messiah.

Edit: The other one from Handel's Messiah that I love as much as the "Hallelujah Chorus" is "For Unto Us A Child Is Born".

[edit on 9-11-2006 by kinglizard]



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 06:11 PM
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Oh yeah, Amazing Grace is wonderful too, especially with the bagpipe.



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 06:55 PM
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Originally posted by kinglizard
For me it would have to be "Amazing Grace". It was played at my grandfathers funeral so I am deeply touched not only by the words but the time it represents.




Amazing Grace

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.



Amazing Grace is probably #2 on my list. The words of the song are all the more inspiring when you consider the background of it's author, John Newton. Reading his story only adds to the meaning and sentiment of the lyrics.



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 07:00 PM
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Oscar Peterson Trio: Hymn to freedom

It's an intrumental




Reg. Amazing Grace,
Daniel Lanois has a great version of it.



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 07:06 PM
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I'm fond of "I'll fly away"


Well, some glad mornin' when this life is o'er,
I'll fly away.
To a home on God's celestial shore,
I'll fly away.
I'll fly away, oh glory, I'll fly away.
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I'll fly away.
Just a few more weary days and then,
I'll fly away.
To a home where joy shall never end,
I'll fly away.
I'll fly away, oh glory, I'll fly away.
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I'll fly away.


I also like "Swing low sweet chariot"

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Hymn
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

I looked over Jordan, and what did I see?
Coming for to carry me home,
A band of angels coming after me,
Coming for to carry me home.

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.


If you get there before I do,
Coming for to carry me home,
Tell all my friends I’m coming, too.
Coming for to carry me home.

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

I’m sometimes up and sometimes down,
Coming for to carry me home,
But still my soul feels heavenly bound,
Coming for to carry me home.

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

The brightest day that I can say,
Coming for to carry me home,
When Jesus washed my sins away,
Coming for to carry me home.

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.


And I like "Go tell it on the Mountain" I know it's a Christmas hymn, but I like lots of Christmas hymns.



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 07:15 PM
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My favorite is the Battle Hymn of the Republic, as done by the mormon tabernacle choir. Their version is the best you can hear thirty seconds of it on itunes store. This song makes me feal very American. Here are the words.


Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His day is marching on.

I have read a fiery Gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;
“As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal”;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel,
Since God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Since God is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet;
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free;
[originally …let us die to make men free]
While God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! While God is marching on.

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the brave;
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of wrong His slave,
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 07:35 PM
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It's difficult to choose just one. Depending on my mood any one of these four is my favorite:

1. "Unclouded Day" Don Henley

2. "I Bid You Goodnight" Aaron Neville Warm Your Heart

3. "Silent Night" Aaron Neville's Soulful Christmas

4. "O Holy Night" Aaron Neville's Soulful Christmas


They are my favorites for the feeling imparted by the lyrics, the vocalist, the melody and together in some way it feels as though they are bringing me a little bit closer to God, southern style. In my opinion, if ever there was a singer who the angels would sing back-up for it would have to be Aaron Neville.

Great idea for a thread!

STM

[edit on 9-11-2006 by seentoomuch]



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 07:44 PM
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I like the first one stormrider posted awful well, one of my favorites is

Great Is Thy Faithfullness
Verse 1. Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father , There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not Thy compassions they fail not ; As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Chorus

Great is Thy faithfulness Great is Thy faithfullness Morning by morning new mercies I see ; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided ; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.

Verse 2. Summer and winter and spring time and harvest, Sun moon and stars in their courses above Join with all nature in manifold witness To Thy greatfulness mercy and love.

Great is Thy faithfulness Great is Thy faithfulness Morning by morning new mercies I see ; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided ; Great is Thy faithfulness , Lord unto me.

Verse 3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide ; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.

Great is thy faitfulness great is thy faithfulness Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed thy hand hath provided ; Great is thy faitfulness , Lord unto me Amen



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 07:47 PM
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Originally posted by seentoomuch
4. "O Holy Night" Aaron Neville's Soulful Christmas


Oh man you should hear the version of "O Holy Night" by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It brings out more emotion than you are ready to express. Honestly you can feel Holy Spirit in the room when you listen to it.



[edit on 9-11-2006 by kinglizard]



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 07:53 PM
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Mahalia Jackson - O Holy Night





posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 08:10 PM
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My favorite is "Here I am Lord". The lyrics can be found at:

my.homewithgod.com/heavenlymidis/songbook/here.html

I love all hymnal and spiritual music and love "Here I am Lord" for the lyrics and music.

Do you place the lyrics first for loving a song, or the music? I place the lyrics first, but I also love to hear great instrumentals.



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 08:11 PM
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Originally posted by Hellmutt
Mahalia Jackson - O Holy Night




You're right, she's great! I'm adding her to my list, thanks for the reminder!

STM



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 08:19 PM
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Yeah Mahalia Jackson is great. When one of my friends moms was dying I helped take care of her when they needed help...and she would have me play Mahalia Jackson for hours. Seemed to soothe and comfort her.



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 09:02 PM
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Originally posted by Hellmutt
Mahalia Jackson - O Holy Night




It's true she's fanstasic. I'll stick with Handel's Hallelujah Chorus as #1, but she's close


[edit on 11/9/2006 by djohnsto77]



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 09:19 PM
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Originally posted by GreatTech
My favorite is "Here I am Lord". The lyrics can be found at:

my.homewithgod.com/heavenlymidis/songbook/here.html

I love all hymnal and spiritual music and love "Here I am Lord" for the lyrics and music.

Do you place the lyrics first for loving a song, or the music? I place the lyrics first, but I also love to hear great instrumentals.


It doesn't matter. Whatever your reason for loving a song, it can be an instrumental or not, what matters is how the song makes you feel when you hear it. I also really like your selection, for the lyrics and the music.



posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 09:56 PM
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One of my favorites is :

Ginsoaked boy by The Divine Comedy.



posted on Nov, 10 2006 @ 06:15 AM
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Im sorry I HATE Amazing Grace. It is a beautiful song, inspires deep contemplation
no matter how well or poorly sung. The problem is generally the only time I hear it
is at funerals, played on the pipes. Under those conditions and circumstances it is
the most gut wrenching melody ever produced. It equates to another fallen Comrade or Brother. The Death of another Friend. Im sorry just me but if I never hear it again it will be to soon.

Now to happier things the most uplifting song I can call to mind is a Navajo song.
The Sunrise Song. living in AZ I can see the person atop a mesa greeting the sunrise
with this song.



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