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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sundays Hymn

The hymn for today is "Crown Him with Many Crowns" originally written by Matthew Bridges in 1851 and consisted of six eight-line stanzas. He thought of his hymn as a sermon in song based on Romans 19:12 "...and on His head were many crowns," and called it "The Song of the Seraphs". He once wrote a book condemning Roman Catholics but ended up converting to Catholicism in 1848. In 1874, Godfrey Thring, a staunch Anglican clergyman feared that some of Bridge's verses contained too much Catholic doctrine. Godfrey wrote six new verses for the same song and changed the title to "Crown Him with Many Crowns". Over the years, these twelve stanzas have become intermingled in the hymnbooks with editors mixing and matching the verses. This information is from the book, "Then Sings My Soul" by Robert J. Morgan, copyright 2003,=

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