Music of the Cross {part 1}

Looking back at previous Christmas posts I see that this is a recurring theme, the message of the Cross in the Christmas story.  One thing is for certain, when God speaks, He does not change course midstream.  He is speaking the same today as He spoke thousands of years ago.  The message of the Cross is prevalent throughout the Old and New Testaments, and thus fitting to be recognized at Christmas.

And so we will be looking at the many hymns of the Cross.  In Great Hymns of the Faith there are 26 such hymns, 14 of which are in my hymn story books by Robert J. Morgan.  Some are more familiar than others.  All have a tremendous message.

Alas!, and Did My Savior Bleed, by Isaac Watts, is sung here by the Sharon Singers of the Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute to an unfamiliar {to me} tune.  The lyrics are in the video.

It would be worthwhile to study the life of Isaac Watts, who is to me just a name.  He was college graduate, he spent two years writing hymns for Above Bar Congregational Church, he tutored children, he was a pastor, a brilliant Bible student and preacher. {source:  Robert J. Morgan’s Then Sings My Soul, book 1, page 33}

The icing on the cake is that Fanny Crosby came to Christ during a revival service in New York, when this hymn of Watts’ was being sung.

This audio is to the tune by Ralph E. Hudson, which is familiar to me.  The singers are not named.

And this video recording by singer Gary Chapman at A Hymn A Week, gives the hymn history before vocal/guitar rendition including the chorus added by Ralph E. Hudson many years after Watts wrote the original hymn.


2 thoughts on “Music of the Cross {part 1}

  1. eswatniki says:

    Spent some time listening to all three renditions-hadn’t heard the first either but sure liked it and the beautiful pictures that accompanied it. I liked the change that GC made to the last line of the chorus. I am continually amazed that Christ would do that for me and so very grateful, so very grateful.


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