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W(h)ither the Great Lutheran Hymns? - Triduum's Worst Hits

I don’t have a lot of time, so I’ll get right down to business here.

First, there’s Luther’s communion hymn that the “worship staff at the LCMS” (my latest favorite moniker from the LCMS website) selected for Maundy Thursday, “O Lord, We Praise Thee.” 3,127 more words


The long and varied life of a beautiful melody

I’d like to tell you the story of a melody that started its life in the the 17th century as young man’s lovesick lament and was then, in succession, transformed into a hymn sung by Germany’s Lutheran faithful, appropriated by a composer–considered by… 1,606 more words

Classical Music

Kovia kokenut virsirunoilija

Matteus-passion kuoro laulaa useaan otteeseen saksalaista virttä: “O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden, voll Schmerz und voller Hohn” (Suomalaisessa virsikirjassa virsi 63, Oi rakkain Jeesukseni, piinattu, verinen). 562 more words

Commit Thou All Thy Griefs

1) The Almanac. Click on the month you want in the side-bar, then the specific date. The blog will tell you what happened in hymn history on that day. 1,006 more words

God's Care

W(h)ither the Great Lutheran Hymns? - Trinity 13: "Jesus Thy Boundless Love To Me"

We begin today’s hymnological examination with some wise words from Pastor David Peterson:

If we are to debate practices — and we must — then we will denigrate.

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Boundless Love

Jesus, Thy boundless love to me no thought can reach, no tongue declare; Unite my thankful heart to Thee, and reign without a rival there!  Thine wholly, Thine alone I am; be Thou alone my constant flame. 238 more words