*God’s Words. Our Voice: Singing the Songs Faith – April 8, 2018

Apr 07, 2018

“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.

Thine Is the Glory   ELW 376, stanza 1

TUNE:  JUDAS MACCABEUS

Thine is the glory, / risen, conquering Son;

endless is the victory / thou o’er death hast won!

Angels in bright raiment / rolled the stone away,

kept the folded grave-clothes / where the body lay.

Thine is the glory, / risen, conquering Son;

endless is the victory / thou o’er death hast won!

The author of this hymn, Edmond Budry, was born and died in Vevey, Switzerland where he served as a Free Church pastor for thirty-five years and composed many French hymn texts.  Referencing 1 Corinthians 15: 55 “Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?” the beginning of Thine Is the Glory immediately reminds us that our Savior conquered death with his resurrection.  The text also continues the story of Easter with references to both the rolling away of the stone and the folded grave-clothes found by the disciples.  The tune, JUDAS MACCABEUS, comes from George Frideric Handel’s oratorio of that name.

 

Acknowledgements:  Weekly hymn selections have been adapted from Singing the Songs of Faith: 52 Great Hymn Stanzas created in 2011 by Isobel Davies, Thatcher Lyman, Paul E. Shoop, and Jeremy Shoop.  The selection reflects their views and priorities and is a teaching tool in their settings.  The original resource is available in electronic form at  http://immanuelwebster.org/lutheran/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/52-Great-Hymns_web.pdf