Patriotic Hymns of Faith 7: “I Pledge My Allegiance”

Patriotic Hymns of Faith Day 7 - “I Pledge My Allegiance” by Bill and Gloria Gaither Today’s patriotic hymn of faith is another Bill and Gloria Gaither classic from the early 2000s. To introduce the song lyrics, I would like to include an excerpt from Something Beautiful by Gloria Gaither: “This nation will endure as long as we as private citizens are dissatisfied with ourselves because there is someone going hungry or…

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Patriotic Hymns of Faith 6: “Let Freedom Ring”

Patriotic Hymns of Faith Day 6 - “Let Freedom Ring” by Bill and Gloria Gaither Our song for today was written by Bill and Gloria Gaither. The lyrics alone are moving, but the performance by the Gaither Vocal Band is astounding. I first heard this song performed right after September 11. The band, along with those in attendance, paid tribute to those heroes who lost their lives on that fateful day in…

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Patriotic Hymns of Faith 5: “Battle Hymn of the Republic”

Patriotic Hymns of Faith Day 5 - “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Julia Ward Howe Who doesn’t get goosebumps when they hear a moving rendition of this beautiful song! I readily confess that I do—partly for the powerful lyrics and partly for the musical arrangement. But the story behind this song is equally powerful, beginning with the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865. For four solid years, our nation was…

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Patriotic Hymns of Faith 4: “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (America)

Patriotic Hymns of Faith Day 4 - “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (America) by Samuel Francis Smith Written by Samuel Francis Smith in 1831, this song served as the national anthem for quite some time before “The Star-Spangled Banner” replaced it in 1931. The melody for this hymn was the same melody used for “God Save the King,” the anthem in the United Kingdom. Originally, the title of this song was simply…

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Patriotic Hymns of Faith 3: “God Bless America”

Patriotic Hymns of Faith Day 3 - “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin I believe that the very best years of our beautiful country are behind us, sadly. The America I grew up in was starkly different from the one my future grandchildren will be raised in. Biblical morals were the backbone of a society that revered the God of heaven. But not so today. And this is reason for us to…

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Patriotic Hymns of Faith 2: “God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand”

Patriotic Hymns of Faith Day 2 - “God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand” by Daniel C. Roberts This hymn was written in 1876 for the celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Mr. Roberts wrote this piece for a small patriotic event being held in Vermont. Originally, a different tune was used, but in 1892 George W. Warren wrote the music we now know for…

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Patriotic Hymns of Faith 1: “America the Beautiful”

Patriotic Hymns of Faith Day 1 - “America the Beautiful” by Katherine Lee Bates Written by teacher Katherine Lee Bates in 1893, this collection of beautiful words was originally a poem. The inspiration for the poetic piece was the Rocky Mountains, specifically Pike’s Peak in Colorado. While standing on the peak, looking out and seeing such beauty and majesty, Katherine was inspired to write this well-known American classic.  This piece first appeared…

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