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Shadows of Divine Things

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This site is devoted to theological and philosophical investigations of the spiritual meanings of life, current events, music, spiritual growth, nature, and learning to be attuned to listening to the 'language of God.' The name of this blog comes from one of Jonathan Edwards's journals which he called 'Shadows of Divine Things,' and later renamed 'Images of Divine Things.' As a Christian I am continously on a spiritual journey to grow more into the image of Christ, to understand what it means to be crucified with Christ. To seek the truths of the Christian Faith is of upmost importance, and to know that any truths that are found outside of Christianity are present there because they ultimately point to God. I have an M.A. in theology and apologetics and I completed one year of graduate studies in Philosophy at Marquette University.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

One of My Favorite Hymns

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

"Re­gi­nald He­ber","h/e/b/heber_r" [pictured above]
Re­gi­nald He­ber, 1826. Heber wrote this hymn for Trin­i­ty Sun­day while he was Vi­car of Hod­net, Shrop­shire, Eng­land.

Music: “Nicaea,”
"John B. Dykes","d/y/dykes_jb"
John B. Dykes, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1861

The above hymn is one of my all time favorite hymns mainly because it is so rich in theological content and the focus of the hymn is entirely on God. You can view the informaton about this hymn (some of which I have provided in this post) and actually listen to the hymn in a midi format at The Cyber Hymnal web site.


Blogger Ben Myers said...

Yes, this is one of my favourites too. The rhythm, consonance, alliteration and imagery in the line "Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea" are really superb.

5:24 PM, December 30, 2005  

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