Saturday, July 01, 2017

Vespers: Nearer My God to Thee

This is the Brigham Young University Men's Chorus singing "Nearer My God to Thee."

James Stevens, the soloist, arranged this version, which creates a feeling that is less about peace and more about the struggles in life that bring us closer to God. The choir is singing in Latin:

At the moment of death
My strength is from heaven
God helping, nothing should be feared
For ever
Direct us, O Lord
To high places by narrow roads
Such is the path to the stars
Ever upward

"Nearer, My God, to Thee" is a 19th-century Christian hymn by Sarah Flower Adams. It retells the story of Jacob's dream. Genesis 28:11–12 can be translated as follows: "So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it..."

The hymn is said to be the last song  the band on RMS Titanic played before the ship sank.

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