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Thursday, October 18, 2007

New Favorite Hymn and CD

When we first sang the hymn, "Of the Father's Love Begotten," at church I had absolutely no idea how to sing it! The notes were much too difficult for me to sing - at least on first try! It stuck with me though, because of the words. I just love the words:

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

1. Of the Father's love begotten
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega,
He the Source, the Ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see
Evermore and evermore.

2. Oh, that birth forever blessed
When the Virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
Bare the Savior of our race,
And the Babe, the world's Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face
Evermore and evermore.

3. O ye heights of heaven, adore Him;
Angel hosts, His praises sing;
Powers, dominions, bow before Him
And extol our God and King.
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Every voice in concert ring
Evermore and evermore.

4. This is He whom Heaven-taught singers
Sang of old with one accord;
Whom the Scriptures of the prophets
Promised in their faithful word.
Now He shines, the Long-expected;
Let creation praise its Lord
Evermore and evermore.

5. Christ, to Thee, with God the Father,
And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
And unending praises be,
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory
Evermore and evermore.

I liked the way this version sounded so much that I bought the whole album. (The album is only $10--not the $100 version I linked to above--but you can listen to the whole song at the link and I just love it. The album has the beautiful version with a bunch of absolutely gorgeous songs as well. :+)

Do you have a favorite hymn or album? I love finding new (to me at least) music that feeds my soul.

Oh, and I will get to that Christmas post soon. Too tired tonight! :+) I did get to review a really lovley book, First Snow in the Woods. They also sent along the *cutest* little plush fawns! My little girls will love them. :+) The photographs in this book are so beautiful. It is one of those books that you will return to again and again.

I wrote in my review, "As the fawn witnesses the changes his mother shares, “All things change. All creatures must prepare to follow their heartsong.” I like this way of putting it. I believe that it is God that places that heartsong in all His creatures – that He is the one that gifts His creatures with those “distant memories.” Even though the book does not state this implicitly, it is evident in all His creation and the book displays this well." I love that even books that are not expressly Christian still give glory to the Creator. I was very happy to review it and happy to recommend it.

Do you have any new-to-you Christmas or winter-oriented books? Or fall books for that matter since we have only just begun! I look forward to hearing your favorites.


 

6 comments:

hrlabonte said...

Her voice is beautiful. I do love that hymn.


My favorite cd to recommend is "Celtic Psalms" by Eden's Bridge. The boys and I love it. :-)


~Heather

PreschoolersandPeace said...

Thanks for sharing. I had to buy one!

Anonymous said...

I sang this at my sister's wedding. But the one with three verses, not the one with five....which is still abridged...I think the full version has 14 verses.


It's a very old hymn and it tells the story well. And it is fun to play on the piano, too.


Patty in WA

hrlabonte said...

Thank you for your kind comments.


I really am delighted to find your blog! I've added you to my bloglines. :-) Looking forward to the scone & bread recipes!


~Heather

BlessingsFromAbove said...

I am also going to order a copy of that CD. So pretty—my kids will love it! We are memorizing a new hymn each month—so far we have accomplished Amazing Grace. Now my oldest has requested Onward, Christian Soldiers—can you tell he is a boy! Because I am so “musically-challenged,” we sit around the computer, and with the help of www.cyberhymnal.org to help me carry the tune, we sing various hymns during our family worship.


Michele

Anonymous said...

Dear Kate,

I've been offline (long story that includes an explosion..) so I've missed your recent posts.

I enjoyed this one and hope to catch up on more

later. We have a couple of favorite instrumental

hymn CD's that we especially like to listen to in

the fall. One is called 'Victorian Hymns' and is

a production of Craig Duncan (can be found at

villagesquare.com) and we also love the CD that

came with our favorite Thanksgiving book, 'Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember' by

Barbara Rainey. One of the things I really like

about this book is that it includes some really neat

historical paintings, and has two versions of text

for family readings. One is simpler for reading when you have younger children, the other is more in-depth and perfect for older children and adults. It also has a section in the back to record God's blessings. We began adding to it each year at Thanksgiving. Have a great day!!


Sincerely,

Lisa @ http://thewintons.blogspot.com