Lutheran Heritage Chorales – June 4th

Lutheran Heritage Chorales – June 4th

Today’s Lutheran Heritage Chorale is our opening hymn, “Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord.” The tune and first verse were written in Germany a full century before the Reformation. Luther loved this hymn so much that he claimed, in characteristic hyperbole, “The hymn...
Lutheran Heritage Chorals – May 28th

Lutheran Heritage Chorals – May 28th

Rather than featuring a Lutheran chorale from the 16th century today, we are highlighting the fact that early Lutherans did not abandon the Latin language but continued to sing many of the great Latin hymns of the church in cities and larger towns where Latin was...
Lutheran Heritage Chorales – Mar. 30th

Lutheran Heritage Chorales – Mar. 30th

In the middle of the 11th century a chant, Victimae paschali, was written to beautify the Easter celebration of the church. The text is in our hymnal as “Christians to the Paschal Victim” (Hymn 460). This chant has fired the imaginations of musicians for almost 1,000...
Lutheran Heritage Chorales – Apr. 23rd

Lutheran Heritage Chorales – Apr. 23rd

The chorale featured in today’s organ prelude and postlude (and offering at 11:00) is “Jesus Christ, Our Savior, Who Overcame Death.” The words and very likely the melody of this Easter hymn were written by Martin Luther himself in the style of a Leise, ending with...
Lutheran Heritage Chorales – Apr. 16th

Lutheran Heritage Chorales – Apr. 16th

The Lutheran Heritage Chorale for this Easter Day is the ancient German sacred folk song “Christ Is Arisen,” Hymn 459. It was already 400 years old when it became one of Luther’s favorite hymns. Like “To God the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray” (LSB 768) and “These Are the...