We have had threads here before about favorite religious/spiritual music, but I thought it might be fun to have one where we include a link to a YouTube (or other) performance or recording of our favorite!
My favorite performance is Mahalia Jackson singing How I got over. I first heard it as a recording and thought it was in a hall or concert venue, but she is actually singing in a church.
My all time favorite hymn is Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. I had a hard time finding a really good YouTube version, but this was the one that seemed best of all that I found.
Here are the words:
Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.
King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
In the body and the blood;
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.
Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.
At His feet the six wingèd seraph,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Lord Most High!
I could post dozens! I also love "Let All Mortal Flesh"...it's a goose-bumpy one. I like both the festal stuff and the more somber things..I was struck particularly this Good Friday by the beauty of O Sacred Head Sore Wounded.
For choral music, I adore Parry's I Was Glad. We had it at our wedding...killed me to be up in front in the puffy dress instead of in a choir robe! I also have a love for Sumsion's They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships....this isn't a great choir, but it was what popped up on YouTube...you'll get the idea anyway. By chance, we were singing this piece the Sunday after Sept 11 and it somehow made sense. I've loved it ever since.
Great idea, BlueGoat. Thank you.
Dmitri Bortniansky's Cherubic Hymn No. 7 (early 19th Century). Russian Orthodox hymn sung when the bread and wine to be consecrated at the Divine Liturgy are brought into the altar area.
This is in Church Slavonic. The English translation:
Let us who mystically represent the Cherubim, and who sing the Thrice-Holy hymn to the Life-creating Trinity, now lay aside all earthly cares.
That we may receive the King of All, Who comes invisibly upborne by the angelic hosts. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
JJ Heller is my new favorite, she writes such beautiful songs.
I also love Sara Groves's version of Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing (my favorite hymn), the only YouTube clip I can find of it is a slideshow of some group get together. But you can hear the song!
I also love the hymn I Am The Bread of Life but I cannot find any clip to do it justice.
I love Mahalia Jackson. I also love the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack. Hank Williams - I Saw the Light. Recently though, I found Snatam Kaur. I love her song By Thy Grace. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6agBMFujPU
How He Loves Us by Jesus Culture just gets me every time. It's the Spirit and passion with which she sings it--it's at that pick up point in the middle when the band fully comes in and the pace gets "more" ...it's 3:12 in the video though and on...sigh...so beautiful to me). I love it.
I love that JJ Heller song too. Off to look at the links here. I hope more people post!
Hands down, this is my favourite. I think it's everyone's favourite in my church.
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