Sunday, January 29, 2012

HYMN TIME #1: "Brethren We Have Met To Worship"

This is one of my very favorite Hymns. "Brethren we have met to worship" or Holy Manna, was first published in the Baptist Hymnal "The Columbian Harmony" [words by George Atkins, music by William Moore] way back in the Year of Our Lord 1825! To hear it today is to hear the very Spirit of the American Camp Meetings of nearly 200 years ago.  As Dr. James Sightler has noted, this hymn "echoes the blessings of the past while it faintly envisions, as through a glass darkly, the Great Things God has in store for us in a better and brighter world to come."

The version here, by a family group called The Seminole String Band, captures it perfectly! Take a listen:

"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation."
Psalm 95:1


Oscar said...

Nicely done and I imagine it sounded similar to this when first sung.

Albie The Good said...

OSCAR: Exactly! The melody is faithfully followed and the instruments are old-timey... I imagine those old camp meeting renderings sounded VERY similar.

Thanks for commenting :)