Hymn Story: Onward Christian Soldiers

This popular hymn was written without the intention of ever being published. Written for the English holiday, Whitmonday in 1865.  Whitmonday is a day for festivals in Yorkshire. Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould recalled, “one Whitmonday it was arranged that our school should join its forces with that of a neighboring village. I wanted the children to sing when marching from one […]

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Behind the Hymn: Nearer, My God, To Thee

Nearer, My God, To Thee is commonly believed to be the last song the Titanic played as the ship sank. The popular hymn was written by Sarah Flower Adams and is loosely based on Jacob’s dream in Genesis 28:11-19. This hymn is considered by hymnology students to be the finest hymn ever written by a woman composer. Sarah was born […]

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