“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross:” by Isaac Watts
The Lutheran Hymnal Handbook includes this little narrative about this hymn: “With regard to the practical application of the final stanza, Father Ignatius of St. Edmund’s Church in London is reported to have blurted to his congregation: ‘Well, I’m surprised to hear you sing that. Do you know that altogether you put only fifteen shillings in the collection bag this morning?’”.
"Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart" by George Croly
In this prayerful hymn, we ask God to move within us so that we may live a life of whole-hearted devotion to Him, bathed in His presence and motivated by His love. We recall the “first and greatest commandment” to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37, 38 NIV).
"Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above" by Johann Jakob
Deuteronomy 32:3 was the basis for this hymn of praise – “For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God!” (ESV) Using a variety of metaphors for God and for His works, this text overflows with proclamations of God's loving care for His people.
"As with the Gladness of Old" by W. Chatterton Dix
"What Child Is This" by W. Chatterton Dix
"As with Gladness Men of Old" by W. Chatterton Dix
"All Praise to You, My God, This Night" by Thomas Ken
"A Mighty Fortress" by Martin Luther
In celebration of the the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we feature a hymn that has been a CCEL featured hymn in the past.
"The King of Love My Shepherd Is" by H. W. Baker
In this hymn, we contemplate the good care that our Good Shepherd gives. Even as we acknowledge that we are often “perverse and foolish,” and obviously do not deserve His kindness, God surrounds us with symbols of His loving care. Truly “thy goodness faileth never.”
What is a featured hymn?
Rather than highlighting a featured hymn, this Hymnary.org announcement will explain Hymnary.org Featured Hymns. Hymnary.org has over 200,000 unique hymns and over 1.2 million hymn instances (versions of all hymns). Of these 200,000 hymns, Hymnary.org classifies about 200 hymns as ‘Featured Hymns.’