While the world holds its breath after the attacks in Paris, we’ve searched for hymns that express in music a word worth hearing.
“O God of Earth and Altar” expresses a sense of prayerful resilience and supplication.The lyrics, written by G.K. Chesterton in 1906, were revised, in part, by Jane Parker Huber to address global terrorism:
“From all that terror teaches, From lies of pen and voice, From all the easy speeches That make our hearts rejoice, From sale and profanation of honor and the sword, from sleep and from damnation, deliver us, good Lord.”
Already U.S. governors have made “easy speeches” about not accepting any Syrian refugees in their states, although it is not within their jurisdiction to decide. And, while we pray, the arms industry is preying on war’s alarms to increase production, sales and profits in the name of our safety and security.
Here’s “O God of Earth and Altar” sung to Chesterton’s original lyrics.
It’s constantly on my mind. I’m waiting for something to light up …
I think I understand.
I was referring to trying to come up with an appropriate hymn …
The hostility is as bad as it gets, and the rejection of the refugees will play right into the hands of ISIS. I hope your songs and prayers help.
Mona, mass hostility to a people and hysteria do not make for sane decisions. What other hymns or prayers might you suggest for consideration?
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