Sunday 19th November - 2nd before Advent
Be thou my vision "Be Thou My Vision" was translated into English from the Old Irish Hymn, "Bí Thusa 'mo Shúile," by Mary Elizabeth Byrne in 1905. The version we have here is a later versification by Eleanor Hull in 1912. The original Irish version is often attributed to Saint Dallán Forgaill in the 6th century, though is probably later. It draws on St Paul's imagery in Ephesians 6The tune is 'Slane', an Irish folk tune in 3/4 time,first published as "With My Love on the Road" in Patrick Joyce's Old Irish Folk Music and Songs in 1909. This version is by the Irish singer, Robin Mark.
Take my life "Take My Life and Let it Be" was written by the prolific English hymn writer Frances Ridley Havergal and published in 1874. The tune is 'Mozart', also known as 'Nottingham'. It comes from the Kyrie of what is often known as 'Mozart's 12th Mass'. However, most scholars now agree that this was not written by Mozart but by Wenzel Müller some time between 1791 and 1803. Müller was a prolific composer, who wrote 166 operas! It has been suggested that the name 'Nottingham' came about because the arrangement may have been made by an unknown musician from Nottingham. It is performed here by the St Michael Singers.
Communion Song "Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn)" music and lyrics by Keith Getty, Stuart Townend and Kristyn Getty. As recorded on "In Christ Alone". 2010 Kingsway Music
Soldiers of Christ arise This majestic hymn was penned by Charles Wesley in 1749 and is published in 813 hymnals. This version uses the George J. Elvey tune, "DIADEMATA", composed in 1868 and is published in 405 hymnals, also with the words, "Crown Him with Many Crowns". George Job Elvey (b. Canterbury, England, 1816; d. Windlesham, Surrey, England, 1893) As a young boy, Elvey was a chorister in Canterbury Cathedral. Living and studying with his brother Stephen, he was educated at Oxford and at the Royal Academy of Music. At age nineteen Elvey became organist and master of the boys' choir at St. George Chapel, Windsor, where he remained until his retirement in 1882. He was frequently called upon to provide music for royal ceremonies such as Princess Louise's wedding in 1871 (after which he was knighted). Elvey also composed hymn tunes, anthems, oratorios, and service music. Congregational singing Grace Community Church - Sun Valley, California
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