Hymns

A Better October 31st
Q: So what is Reformation Day and why do you celebrate it? We were delighted to find out that Christians have been celebrating Reformation Day as a holiday since at least 1567! As parents of six boys, we've loved having a holiday to remember a true Christian hero — a man who faced death and…
Intergenerational Fun
One of the things I like best about homeschooling is the socialization. We went to institutional schools and remember how isolating it is - you hardly even know anyone who isn't your exact age, except a few the age of your brother or sister. I'd hardly ever even held a baby when our first was…
Has It Come to This?
"We'd like for you to sing traditional carols at the Tree Lighting." "Wonderful, that is just what we love to do." Our homeschool history club advisor was glad when the organizers of our town's tree lighting ceremony finally called. It was someone different this year and we needed to know how long they wanted us…
Hymn of the Week: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation! All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near; Praise Him in glad adoration. Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth, Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so…
Hymn of the Week: O Worship the King
As you know if you have followed us awhile, we like to teach our children a new hymn every week. Now, we don't always succeed, but here's the idea: Each day of that week, we sing the same hymn all the way through. Each day, we explain a different verse of that hymn. There is…
Hymn of the Week:
All People That On Earth Do Dwell
This week's hymn is one of the oldest songs in the English hymnbook.  The tune is the familiar "Doxology" sung all over the world, written by the French composer Loys Bourgeois and published in the second edition of the Geneva Psalter in 1551.  This collection was prepared under the supervision of John Calvin for the use…
Hymn of the Week: Angels We Have Heard On High
This week before Christmas, we thought it would be fun to have a hymn that was really triumphant and joyful.   What is more joyful than the angels who announced the arrival of the long-promised Messiah? [caption id="attachment_2533" align="aligncenter" width="388" caption="Adoration of the Shepherds, Fray Juan Bautista Maino, 1612"][/caption] Angels We Have Heard On High Words:…
HOTW: Born This Happy Morning
O Come All Ye Faithful [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="319" caption="Simeon and Anna Recognize the Lord in Jesus, Rembrandt, 1627"][/caption] Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning; Jesus, to Thee be all glory given; Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing. What a happy day indeed that saw the promises fulfilled - a Savior…
HOTW: Come and behold Him
   O Come All Ye Faithful   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="393" caption="The Adoration of the Magi, Botticelli, 1475"][/caption] O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, born the King of angels; Refrain O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come,…
Hymn of the Week: O Come All Ye Faithful / Adeste Fideles
For many years, we've taught our children the hymns of the faith through what we call the Hymn of the Week. Each day we sing all the verses of the song we're learning and explain one of the verses. By the end of the week, even the young children have learned to sing the hymn and…