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« Reply #45 on: July 19, 2010, 08:56:47 AM »

"Världens Frälsare är här" in the songbook used by Swedish speaking lutherans in Finland  Grin It's a translation of "Veni Redemptor gentium" by Saint Ambrosius of Milan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Ambrose). It is packed full of true christological and trinitarian doctrine!
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« Reply #46 on: July 19, 2010, 10:35:09 AM »

Since I generally like songs that are well written, melodic, and sung with taste (particularly a capella), I generally do not like "praise and worship" songs. Nor do I like hymns (Protestant, Catholic or even Orthodox) that are overblown (huge concert pieces that are designed to impress the listener with the "genius" of the composer or the proficiency of the performers). Electric guitars or drums are also out.

That said, there are many "old timey" Protestant hymns that are lovely (some of them are also Orthodox in their substance and/or ethos). Some seem to be simplistic but on closer listening are merely honest: I am now talking about country or blue grass hymns. For examples, I am thinking about the hymns that were included in the O Brother Wherefore Art Thou? album, particularly "I'll Fly Away," "Down to the River to Pray," and "Keep On The Sunny Side." Of course, there are many standards that are also pleasing to the ear and contain Christian sentiments; I am thinking about "Rock of Ages," "Nearer My God to Thee" and "Amazing Grace."
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« Reply #47 on: July 19, 2010, 10:48:44 AM »

I agree with Second Chance  I really can't stand the modern rock-and-roll worship songs.  I especially hate what the Episcopalians do called U2-charist, where it's a mass, but a band is playing instead of a preacher.  and, now that I'm Orthodox, it really gets to me when someone like a rock group are behind the altar. 

but the Protestant hymns I LOVE have to be Stilla Natt, and Nearer, my God, to thee.  I also like It is well with my soul.

heres a video of Stilla Natt:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT9BbrxMWsA
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« Reply #48 on: July 19, 2010, 10:57:09 AM »

Since I generally like songs that are well written, melodic, and sung with taste (particularly a capella), I generally do not like "praise and worship" songs. Nor do I like hymns (Protestant, Catholic or even Orthodox) that are overblown (huge concert pieces that are designed to impress the listener with the "genius" of the composer or the proficiency of the performers). Electric guitars or drums are also out.

That said, there are many "old timey" Protestant hymns that are lovely (some of them are also Orthodox in their substance and/or ethos). Some seem to be simplistic but on closer listening are merely honest: I am now talking about country or blue grass hymns. For examples, I am thinking about the hymns that were included in the O Brother Wherefore Art Thou? album, particularly "I'll Fly Away," "Down to the River to Pray," and "Keep On The Sunny Side." Of course, there are many standards that are also pleasing to the ear and contain Christian sentiments; I am thinking about "Rock of Ages," "Nearer My God to Thee" and "Amazing Grace."

I know what you mean.  I feel the same way about some of the old African-American spirituals and quartet music.  Some if it has that same "sweet sorrow" feeling present in some of the Russian hymns, like All the Generations.

I'm thinking in particular of songs like How Far Am I From Canaan, He'll Make a Way, and Dear One.

I've also always liked the melody of this old hymn called There is a Happy Land because I thought it sounded Eastern.  Later I found out (thanks to google) that it was adapted from a Hindustani air
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« Reply #49 on: July 19, 2010, 11:55:47 AM »

This is a group worth listening to: http://www.sowetogospelchoir.com/
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« Reply #50 on: July 19, 2010, 01:00:09 PM »

I've always loved the isicathamiya and mbube styles, particularly the older stuff.  And I love the Coptic icon of King David in your avatar. Smiley
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« Reply #51 on: July 19, 2010, 02:31:48 PM »

This is probably the best Charismatic worship song I've heard at least from the musical perspective. Among the more traditional Protestant hymns I like those which resemble the liturgical chant of Latin tradition. I loved Finnish translations of Te Deum etc. probably even years before my conversion so it was nice to realize that they were originally written by the Orthodox. Smiley
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« Reply #52 on: July 19, 2010, 04:30:29 PM »

I love indulging in Protestant music. Not the old church stuff, but the modern contempary Christian stuff. I personaly like a little of Martha Munizi (sp?), Kirk Franklin, and Third Day. There are some others, but I just can't remember.

I like Kirk Franklin and I am a HUGE fan of Third day as well. I can indulge in either the old protestant church stuff as well as some of the new.

My favorite 3rd day song is this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4b-KqLiWQk (You're Everywhere) with words

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wm-Hk6-s2A (You're Everywhere) Live

I have 3, 4....or maybe 5 of their albums!

My favorite Kirk Franklin song is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8NfAB3QdSI (You're the Reason why we sing)


As far as the more modern stuff that's out now......I would say I like the Canadian group NewWorldSon and the song ""There is a Way""
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17eWXuUTq5s (There is a way)











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« Reply #53 on: July 19, 2010, 04:32:24 PM »

I know quite a few organists, who refer to mosern praise songs as "7-11 hymns"....seven words repeated for 11 choruses!
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« Reply #54 on: July 19, 2010, 04:48:09 PM »


I like Kirk Franklin and I am a HUGE fan of Third day as well. I can indulge in either the old protestant church stuff as well as some of the new.

My favorite Kirk Franklin song is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8NfAB3QdSI (You're the Reason why we sing)


I like his older stuff, especially Silver and Gold.  Not too crazy about the newer stuff where he's trying to be Diddy.  Silver and Gold was great though.  "I'd rather have Jesus than silver and gold".  A unique sentiment in a misquided world where people run around claiming that "God wants me to be rich".


Ben Tankard is pretty great, especially his work with Tribe of Benjamin.
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« Reply #55 on: July 19, 2010, 05:15:55 PM »

One of my favourites when I was a Protestant, and one I still enjoy is "Holy, Holy, Holy":

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!
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« Reply #56 on: July 19, 2010, 05:53:10 PM »


I like Kirk Franklin and I am a HUGE fan of Third day as well. I can indulge in either the old protestant church stuff as well as some of the new.

My favorite Kirk Franklin song is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8NfAB3QdSI (You're the Reason why we sing)


I like his older stuff, especially Silver and Gold.  Not too crazy about the newer stuff where he's trying to be Diddy.  Silver and Gold was great though.  "I'd rather have Jesus than silver and gold".  A unique sentiment in a misquided world where people run around claiming that "God wants me to be rich".


Ben Tankard is pretty great, especially his work with Tribe of Benjamin.


I totally agree!

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« Reply #57 on: July 19, 2010, 09:30:33 PM »

In addition to my post from six years ago (good grief!), a list from '08 that I put on another thread:

Holy, Holy, Holy

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

To God Be The Glory; Great Things He Hath Done

It Is Well With My Soul

How Great Thou Art

Just As I Am

This Is My Father's World

Be Thou My Vision

Morning Has Broken

Draw Me Nearer

Oh, The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
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« Reply #58 on: July 19, 2010, 11:55:08 PM »

This thread got me thinking about some of my favorite old Lutheran hymns, and thinking about how they helped to bring me to the Orthodox faith. Sound strange? Not really. You can get little glimpses of Orthodoxy in a lot of the old Lutheran hymns.  Here are a few examples:

old Lutheran Christmas hymn

All my heart this night rejoices
As I hear, far and near,
Sweetest angel voices.
"Christ is born!" their choirs are singing
Till the air
Everywhere
Now with joy is singing.

Forth today the Conqueror goeth,
Who the foe, sin and woe,
Death and hell, o'erthroweth.
God is man, man to deliver.
His dear Son
Now is one
With our blood forever. (Paul Gerhardt, 1653)


old Lutheran Eastern hymn

Christ the Lord is risen again
Christ has broken death's strong chain
Hark, the angels shout for joy
Singing evermore on high
Hallelujah!

He who gave for us His life
Who for us endured the strife
Is our Paschal Lamb today
We too sing for joy and say
Hallelujah!

He whose path no records tell
Hath descended into hell
He the strong man armed hath bound
And in highest heaven is crowned.
Hallelujah!  (Michael Weisse, 1531)


old Lutheran Eucharistic Hymn

Soul, adorn Thyself with gladness,
Leave behind all gloom and sadness.
Come into the daylight's splendor,
There with joy thy praises render
Unto Him whose grace unbounded
Hath this wondrous Supper founded
High o'er all the heavens He reigneth
Yet to dwell with thee He deigneth.

He who craves a precious treasure
Neither cost nor pain will measure.
But the priceless gifts of heaven
God to us hath freely given.
Though the wealth of earth were proffered,
Naught would buy the gifts here offered:
Christ's true body, for thee riven,
And His blood, for thee once given.

Human reason, though it ponder,
Cannot fathom this great wonder
That Christ's Body e'er remaineth
Though it countless souls sustaineth
And that He His blood is giving
With the wine we are receiving.
These great mysteries unsounded
Are by God alone expounded.  (Johann Franck, 1649)


Pretty good on the Incarnation, Resurrection, the Harrowing of Hell and the Real Presence, isn't it?
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« Reply #59 on: July 20, 2010, 09:01:23 PM »

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My husband's family has German ancestry and I'm planning on putting this on our living room wall in Uppercase Living letters.  Smiley
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« Reply #60 on: July 20, 2010, 11:49:51 PM »

One of my favourites when I was a Protestant, and one I still enjoy is "Holy, Holy, Holy":

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!
That one was one of my favorites as a Latin Catholic.  Grin

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« Reply #61 on: July 21, 2010, 02:27:55 AM »

I've always loved the isicathamiya and mbube styles, particularly the older stuff.  And I love the Coptic icon of King David in your avatar. Smiley

Me too Wink, Coptic icons are my favourite cause they're so cute.
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« Reply #62 on: July 27, 2010, 03:18:51 PM »

I like the old Gospel, (family half baptist-grew up on it), I loved Petra-still do, Staples (Love Mavis Staples the Voice CD), Gaithers, Russ Taft, ............................could go on and on.
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« Reply #63 on: August 05, 2011, 10:48:37 PM »

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Gotta love Martin Luther's hymns  laugh
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