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Christian War Hymns: Gustavus Adolphus Battle Song

Gustavus Adolphus Battle Song Story Out of the heroic struggles of the Thirty Years' War, which saved for the world the fruit of the sixteenth-century Reformation, there stands forth one gigantic son of the Vikings, the noble Gustavus Adolphus , king of Sweden.  His name is inseparably linked with one of the really great hymns of the Church — a hymn which was born in the midst of the conflict and is especially expressive of the faith and heroism which characterizes all true believers in the midst of trials and dangers. The hymn was written to commemorate the victory of the Protestant armies under Gustavus Adolphus on the field of Leipzig, September 17, 1631. The authorship is somewhat uncertain. It is popularly ascribed to King Gustavus Adolphus himself. There are good authorities who say that his chaplain, Jacob Fabricius, was the real author. Still others, and with the weight of evidence in their favor, say that the author was Johann Michael Altenberg, a Lutheran pa

Zion Stands By Hills Surrounded Hymn - The Safety of the Church

Who Wrote Zion Stands By Hills Surrounded Hymn? Among the seven hundred and sixty-five hymns written by Thomas Kelly is one on the safety of the Church which is worthy of a place in any good hymn book.  The author, who was a son of an eminent Irish judge, was educated with a view to the law; but through spiritual conviction gave himself to the work of the ministry. With Rowland Hill, because of his earnest evangelical preaching, he was inhibited by the Archbishop of Dublin and compelled to preach in unconsecrated buildings.  He eventually seceded from the Established Church and erected a number of places of worship in which he conducted worship and preached. This insight into the life of the author will materially increase our appreciation of his hymn in which he sings of the safety of the Church.  HYMN ON THE SAFETY OF THE CHURCH  Zion Stands By Hills Surrounded Hymn Lyrics Zion stands with hills surrounded;  Zion kept by power divine;  All her foes shall

The Church's One Foundation : Festival Hymn of the Church

The History of The Church's One Foundation Hymn. A hymn that has an interesting origin and history is the hymn usually called by its first line, "The Church's One Foundation." It was written by Samuel J. Stone in 1866.  Samuel J. Stone The story of its conception in the mind of the waiter is that he was impressed by the defense of the Catholic Faith made by Bishop Gray, of Capetown, against the teachings of Bishop Colenso. This fact gives it a historic association that adds interest and meaning to its stanzas, which in the original number ten.  The hymn as it appeared originally is an elaboration of that portion of the Apostles' Creed which is indicated by the title, 'The Holy Catholic Church: The Communion of Saints. He is the Head of the Body, the Church."  This title is given to the hymn in the author's collection known as "Lyra Fidelium." It is a festival hymn of the church. Church's One Foundation Hymn Lyric

Saved From Certain Death While Singing Jesus Lover of My Soul Hymn

A War Incident  A party of Northern tourists formed part of a large company gathered on the deck of an excursion steamer that was moving slowly down the historic Potomac one beautiful evening in the summer of 1881.  A gentleman, who has since gained a national reputation as an evangelist of song, had been delighting the party with his happy rendering of many familiar hymns, the last being the sweet petition so dear to every Christian heart, " Jesus, Lover of my soul .''  The singer gave the first two verses with much feeling and a particular emphasis upon the concluding lines that thrilled every heart. A hush had fallen upon the listeners that was not broken for some seconds after the musical notes had died away.  Then a gentleman made his way from the outskirts of the crowd to the side of the singer, and accosted him with, ''Beg pardon, stranger, but were you actively engaged in the late war?"  ''Yes, sir," the man of song an