2016-08-05
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Which hymn has the famous chorus: “This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long”?

The lyric for “Blessed Assurance” was written by Fanny Crosby after hearing the melody played on the piano by Phoebe Knapp. At six weeks old, a doctor prescribed Fanny an ointment that destroyed her eyesight. Despite her loss of eyesight, she memorized Bible verses and wrote thousands of songs.
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Which hymn was written as a sermon for Pentecost Sunday?

Robert Robinson wrote “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” while ministering at Calvinist Methodist Chapel in Norfolk, England. The hymn is a prayer asking the Holy Spirit to fill people to overflowing.
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“This is My Father’s World” was written by which Syracuse University alumni as a sixteen-stanza poem?

Maltbie D. Babcock wrote the lyric for “This is My Father’s World” while overseeing First Presbyterian Church in Lockport, New York. He loved running and hiking in nature.
4

Henry van Dyke set which lyric to Beethoven’s famous “Hymn of Joy”?

In addition to being set to Beethoven’s music, “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” has always been loved for its uplifting lyric. A more modern rendition of the hymn has been made popular through the film “Sister Act 2.”
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Which hymn writer composed the lyric for “God Will Take Care of You” and “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”?

Civilla D. Martin expressed the common theme of God’s provision in “God Will Take Care of You” and “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” Matthew 10:29 says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.”
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Which hymn was first published anonymously as “On the Resurrection, The Lord is King”?

“The Gospel Magazine,” printed in November 1799, anonymously published “On the Resurrection, The Lord is King,” later to be credited to Edward Perronet and re-titled “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.”
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Which Latin Christmas carol beginning with “Adeste Fidelis, Laeti triumphantes” is still popular today with English words?

Frederick Oakeley translated the original Latin lyric of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” by John Francis Wade into English.
8

What great Protestant reformer wrote “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”?

Martin Luther said, “Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
9

Which modern artist recorded “My Mother’s Hymn Book”?

Johnny Cash always loved hymns and sang them alongside his country music hits. In addition to “My Mother’s Hymn Book,” which features “In the Sweet By and By,” “Softly and Tenderly,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and “In The Garden,” he recorded many other standard hymns. “Hymns by Johnny Cash,” was released in 1959 and again in 2002.
10

Which hymn is known as “The Navy Hymn”?

“Eternal (Almighty) Father, Strong to Save” is remembered as “The Navy Hymn” due to its wide use in naval and state ceremonies in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Navy and Marine Bands played the hymn during President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 funeral.
11

Singer CeCe Winans performed which hymn at the 1996 Grammy Awards as part of a gospel medley with Shirley Caesar and Whitney Houston?

CeCe Winans performed “I Surrender All” before Whitney Houston joined her in a duet of “Count on Me.” Then Shirley Caesar took the stage and the trio performed “Heaven.” That same year, CeCe Winans won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: “Alone in His Presence,” which features her recording of “I Surrender All.”
12

Which hymn writer penned “Amazing Grace” as a testimony of God’s grace to him after working as a captain of his own slave ship?

John Newton, writer of “Amazing Grace,” is known for proclaiming: “That I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior.” Newton mentored William Wilberforce, a leader of the movement to abolish the British slave trade.
13

Which Catholic saint wrote the lyric for “All Creatures of Our God and King”?

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and ecology. Catholics celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi every year by having their pets blessed.
14

Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith wrote which modern day hymn?

Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith wrote “Thy Word” based on Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” The song was first recorded on Amy Grant’s 1984 recording, “Straight Ahead.” It is now featured in many of today’s hymnals.
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Which prolific hymnist wrote stanzas while riding his horse and would run into strangers’ houses asking for pen and ink to write down his ideas?

Charles Wesley composed about 9,000 hymns and poems. He is best known for hymns such as “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” and “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.” In the 18th century, Charles and his brother, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, evangelized England.
16

Which patriotic hymn by Irving Berlin might not have ever become popular if not for vocalist Kate Smith?

Irving Berlin originally wrote “God Bless America” for his musical, “Yep! Yep! Yaphank!” He later chose not to use the song in his show. Years later, when Kate Smith needed a song to sing to veterans of World Ward I on Armistice Day, Irving Berlin pulled “God Bless America” from his files.
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Which hymn speaks directly of the Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit?

Reginald Heber wrote the lyric for “Holy, Holy, Holy” specifically for Trinity Sunday. John B. Dykes composed the tune. It is based on Revelation 4:8, which says, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.”
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Which hymn was written after its lyricist, Horatio G. Spafford, lost his four daughters at sea?

Horatio G. Spafford wrote “It Is Well With My Soul” after losing his four daughters, Maggie, Tanetta, Annie, and Bessie, on the Ville du Havre, a lavish French liner. His wife, Anna, was one of the forty-seven survivors of the tragedy.
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Which hymn is based on an Irish Folk Melody?

“Be Thou My Vision” is an 8th century Irish hymn, reminiscent of St. Patrick, missionary to Ireland.
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Which hymn has evangelist Billy Graham help to popularize through his crusades?

Billy Graham and his colleagues, George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows, regularly used “Just As I Am” by Charlotte Elliott and William B. Bradbury as their invitational hymn after Graham’s preaching.
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