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Hymn of the Week: ‘Lead Me, Lord’

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 11/04/17

Here’s a great Protestant hymn from Samuel Sebastian Wesley, a 19th century English composer and organist and, not insignificantly, the grandson of Charles Wesley.

Wikipedia notes:

Famous in his lifetime as one of his country’s leading organists and choirmasters, he composed almost exclusively for the Church of England, which continues to cherish his memory. His better-known anthems include Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace and Wash me thoroughly. He also wrote several rather late examples of verse anthems, which contrast unison and contrapuntal sections with smaller, more intimate passages for solo voice or voices. Blessed be the God and Father, The Wilderness and Ascribe unto the Lord are of considerable length, as is his Service in E. The popular short anthem Lead me, Lord is an extract from Praise the Lord, O my soul. Several of his pieces for solo organ have enduring value and continue to be played in recitals now and then.

Give a listen to the glorious rendition above, from the choir at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. The choir at my parish is singing it as the offertory hymn this weekend.

The lyrics:

Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, make thy way plain before my face. For it is thou, Lord, thou, Lord only, that makest me dwell in safety. Teach me, Lord, teach me truly how to live, that I may come to know thee, and in thy presence serve thee with gladness, and sing songs of praise to thy glory.
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