Saturday, December 17, 2016
LDS Hymn #205
This is a fun hymn for singing (and playing, if one can manage it!) because there are moving parts --especially for the bass! They often are cursed with the most boring part, so in this they get to sing. But every part gets to move somewhere, and that is nice for all. The text tells the story of the Nativity in the first 2 verses. But that 3rd verse! It contains the reason why we celebrate that Nativity story in those other 2 verses--that He has redeemed us and His teachings and ways will lead us home (if we choose to follow).
From the history book
The author of the text wrote two other hymns in the 1985 hymn, one is an Easter song and one is a Sacrament song. How appropriate! She wrote all three hymns in the desire to "make it easier for children to understand the meaning of different paths of the Apostles' Creed, a statement of belief recruited by the congregation during worship services in some Christian denominations." That would explain the simple lessons taught in all 3 of her hymns, and how each one tells a story to teach those lessons. The book says nothing about the tune, and I think I have heard this hymn set to other tunes before. This song was new to the 1985 hymnal. I'm glad they included it. I think I appreciate it more knowing its background.