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Biblical significance of the gifts given to Jesus

Biblical References to Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh: Gold is a highly valued commodity – not just for its beauty and use in jewellery and decorations, but also for its status. The Bible describes the ...
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Why do Christians stand when we sing?

Why do Christians stand to sing? I think the reasons are fundamental to the act, so I do not see biblical instructions or precedents to be relevant. One may ask, how one should eat a meal: should one ...
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Who are David and Sibyls in the first stanza of Dies Iræ?

Dies Irae is a Latin hymn or sequence prescribed for the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass (Mass for the Dead or Funeral Mass) as well as on the Feast of All Souls (November 2) until the liturgical reforms ...
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What does "Christ was born across the sea" mean in Julia Ward Howe's The Battle Hymn of the Republic?

First, just to be clear, this line is about Christ's birth, not about his being carried somewhere. As explained at Grammarist.com here: "Borne is the past tense and past participle of bear in all ...
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While on the cross, was Jesus abandoned by every human?

He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his ...
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Is Jesus atoned for us?

English grammar is pretty fluid, especially in poetry. The proper way to attach subject, verb, and object here is: He atoned for us Thus Jesus performed the actions that accomplished the atonement ...
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What does "Christ was born across the sea" mean in Julia Ward Howe's The Battle Hymn of the Republic?

Songwriting is Word Sculpture It is hard to nail down what goes on in a poet's or a song writer's head as they sculpt words and phrases to craft a verse. (As a dabbler in poetry I reach far and wide ...
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What hymns about death were common in the early 1400s?

The singing of hymns as we understand them today wasn't necessarily a major part of medieval Christianity. As Ken Graham's answer says, the best known texts would have been those from the Requiem Mass,...
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What hymns about death were common in the early 1400s?

Fourteenth to fifteenth centuries England was Catholic. The most common hymn sung by the faithful could possibly be the Latin hymn: "In paradisum". This hymn is still quite popular and I have sung it ...
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Why do Christians stand when we sing?

It is common for Christians to stand while singing in church because it is common to sing while standing regardless of context. Standing allows the singer to make better usage of their diaphragm and ...
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Are Christians children or brethren of Jesus?

Christians can properly be called brothers of Christ since the Lord does so Himself: But he answering him that told him, said: Who is my mother, and who are my brethren? And stretching forth his hand ...
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Which Christian denomination removed trinitarian language from the hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy"?

I don't have any particular knowledge of which hymnal Gordon Clark was referring to, but on a hunch, I consulted my copy of "Christian Science Hymns" [1952 Edition], edited by Mary Baker Eddy's ...
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Why do Christians stand when we sing?

I don't know your denomination, but in roman-catholic church there are times when you are standing and other times when you are sitting. If a hymn is sung during the time when you are sitting (this is ...
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Why do Christians stand when we sing?

As for a Biblical basis, take a look at 2 Chronicles 5:12: all the Levite singers who belonged to Asaph, to Heman, to Jeduthun, and to their sons and their brothers were clothed in fine fabric, ...
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Biblical significance of the gifts given to Jesus

I think there is more to the gifts than the symbolism of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Particularly within the Bible. Recently I was preaching on Isaiah 60, and verse 6 struck me: Herds of camels ...
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Is Jesus atoned for us?

Hymns and grammar The language of traditional hymns can take a while to get used to, since for rhyming purpose the grammatical parts are frequently moved around, especially the verbs, which are moved ...
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Meaning of the word "sons" in "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past"?

TL;DR: One possibility is that it just means "humans". Another (thanks, Paul!) is that it refers to divisions of time. Longer answer: Who is being borne away? If they are being borne away by ...
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Did John Calvin discourage harmonies in congregational singing?

Did John Calvin discourage harmonies in congregational singing? He did not discourage congressional singing, but it seems that John Calvin did discourage congressional singing in harmony. In the ...
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"I will lift Your Name"

Although parts of this song likely refer to Philippians 2, in my mind the clearest Biblical source for "Lord I lift your name on high" is Psalm 34:3: Oh, magnify the LORD with me,  &...
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Did those feet in ancient time walk upon England's mountains green? (Origin of the story)

With reference to the story of Jesus' visit to England with Joseph of Arimathea, OP asks: So how and when did the story get started? There is, so far as I know, one scholarly article on just this ...
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Did David prophesy "God ruling the nations from a Tree"?

See King David's Psalm 95:10: say ye among the Gentiles that our Lord hath reigned*. For he hath corrected the round world which shall not be moved: he will judge peoples in equity.*[Some add here: ...
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Who are David and Sibyls in the first stanza of Dies Iræ?

According to both Wikipedia and the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia, most academics who have studied the "Dies Irae" attribute it to the Franciscan priest Thomas of Celano, who lived in the first half of ...
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Why do Christians stand when we sing?

Why do Christians stand when we sing? Because the day of the Lord is consecrated to the Resurrection, it is a kind of image of our hope in the Resurrection, the attitude of standing had for the early ...
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Meaning of the word "sons" in "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past"?

This article informs us that Watt's song was based on Psalm 90: https://blog.reformedjournal.com/2015/01/03/time-like-an-ever-rolling-stream/ The original had three more verses that are seldom sung ...
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Are Christians children or brethren of Jesus?

Some old hymns are a poor source of obtaining one's theology from. New hymns are even worse. Modern choruses and 'praise song' can be downright atrocious. I have many worship music books, with words, ...
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Which Christian denomination removed trinitarian language from the hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy"?

Reginald Heber (21 April 1783 – 3 April 1826) was a Church of England parish priest who became Bishop of Calcutta in 1823. Heber wrote "Holy, Holy, Holy" for Trinity Sunday, a day that ...
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Is there an equivalent to cantillation or tajweed in Christianity?

There are indeed methods for singing / chanting the scriptures. Here is some explanation & teaching of the (Catholic) mechanics. Some lovely Catholic examples: Latin Greek Arabic English ...
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What is the earliest manuscript of the Gloria in excelsis Deo (Greater Doxology) hymn?

According to Adrian Fortescue's The Mass: A Study in the Roman Liturgy, "§6. Gloria in Excelsis", p. 238, the Gloria in excelsis is found first [in Greek] in St. Athanasius' treatise: de ...
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Who is permitted to write a canon or an akathist hymn to a Saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and how is it done?

Since the Internet became widespread, in Romania tens, if not hundreds, of new akathists started to circulate on the web. Many of them are written in praise of many men and women, not sanctified ...
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Why don't Mormons sing the second verse of, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"?

They don’t sing the second verse because the second verse confesses that Jesus is God. “Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail the incarnate deity”
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