Hymns: “Go to Dark Gethsemane”

"Go to Dark Gethsemane", a traditional hymn of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, was written by James Montgomery. Montgomery was born in Scotland in 1771. He worked as a newspaper editor and wrote around 400 hymns and poems during his life. Another well-known hymn of his was "Angels from the Realms of Glory". Though he …

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Hymns: “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”

"All Glory, Laud, and Honor" is a hymn traditionally sung on Palm Sunday. Though the words, of course, reference the passages of Scripture about the Triumphal Entry and were written for that day, the story goes that this hymn only became known because of an Emperor's change of heart. This hymn was written by a …

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Hymns: “Be Thou My Vision”

  "Be Thou My Vision" is a well-known and well-loved hymn. Though it was originally written over 1400 years ago, it was not translated from its Old Irish text until the early 1900's. The hymn is attributed to a monk nicknamed Dallán Forgaill; the first name meant "blind one," though he supposedly regained his sight. …

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Remembering Memorial Day

All that they had they gave – they gave – In sure and single faith. There can no knowledge reach the grave To make them grudge their death Save only if they understood That, after all was done, We they redeemed denied their blood And mocked the gains it won. - Kipling   To my …

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The Worth of Our Souls

“And he works and he builds with his own two hands. And he pours all he has into a castle made with sand. Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands.” These are the lyrics from a song by a band called ‘Casting Crowns’. The words always remind me of how fleeting this life …

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