*God’s Words. Our Voice: Singing the Songs of Faith – September 24, 2017

Sep 24, 2017

“I am not ashamed to confess publicly that next to theology there is no art which is the equal of music…”    Martin Luther, in a letter (1530) to Catholic composer, Ludwig Senfl

Hymns are often the first way we learn to give voice to our faith as children, and even those who are not great singers have favorite hymns that they know by heart.  You are invited to reflect on this stanza in the week ahead.  Use it for prayer, meditation, or in daily devotion.  Our prayer and hope is that these hymn stanzas will lift and deepen your faith and encourage your living of that faith in daily works of love and acts of mercy.

When Morning Gilds the Skies  ELW 853, stanza 1


When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries:

May Jesus Christ be praised!

When evening shadows fall,

This rings my curfew call:

May Jesus Christ be praised!


Overflowing praise is the repeated refrain throughout this, and every, stanza of this hymn.  From the rising of the sun to its setting, and through all of life’s circumstances, praise of Christ was at the heart of the now unknown poet, whose original text was written in German.  The language connects this hymn to various Psalms of praise, most especially Psalm 113:3 – From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised.