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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Sunday Afternoon Music Video - Hyfrydol

Here is an old chestnut:

According to Wikipedia, Hyfrydol is Welsh for cheerful.

What did you sing in church today? What hymn(s) make you feel cheer when you sing it?


  1. Hyfrydol (which my Cousin Jack lovingly calls "Hydrofoil") is one of my all time favorite hymn tunes!

  2. Songbird,
    "Hydrofoil" would certainly be easier to roll off the old tongue!

  3. And it has a WONDERFUL tenor countermelody!

  4. Hyfrydol is one of my favorites, too--thanks! Church this morning:

    opening: As Those of Old Their Firstfruits Brought - tune, Forest Green;
    Blessed Be Your Name;
    Did You Hear the Mountains Tremble?
    next: We Are Your People
    closing: Just Closer Walk--with sensational guitar riffs, etc.

  5. by the way, my husband calls the tune "Cwm Rhondda" "Help me Rhonda".

    And we say "Take My Life that I may be" to a new, Latin tune. It was fun. for Lutherans, it's 583 in the new book, and I highly recommend it.

  6. Like many others, I absolutely love this hymn tune - one of my very favorites!

  7. Yes, one of my favorite...and well done!

    We sang "Jesus is Lord of all the earth" to Alleluia #1. I tried to find a YouTube version, but could not. (It's hymn #178 in the Hymnal 1982). "Praise God from whom all Blessings flow.." (Old 100th). and we sang, "Immortal, invisible, God only wise" (Walter Chalmers Smith, music, St. Denio, Welsh hymn #423))...

    I like what you all sang as well!

  8. ok Leah had me looking up the tune Forest Green!!

  9. It was a traditional hymn day in our worship service today:
    Gathering Hymn: All People That On Earth Do Dwell
    Hymn of Praise: Oh, For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
    Hymn of the Day: O Jesus, I Have Promised
    Communion Hymn: When Peace, Like A River
    Sending Hymn: Lord, Dismiss Us With Your Blessing

    I'll also add to the list of folks praising Hyfrydol - love that melody to pieces!

  10. I love Hyfrydol! :-) whenever I can, I set new hymn texts to this tune because it's easy, familiar, and I just like singing it. It's one I can do three times in a morning and not want to throw up.

    This morning at the alternative service we had "All Creation," "Rising," "Take to the World" and "Siyahamba." At traditional worship we had the John Bell/Iona Community song Come, Host of Heaven's High Dwelling Place (to St. Columba, my actual favorite hymn tune ever) Come Now, O Prince of Peace (from Korea?), Great Is Thy Faithfulness (we read Lamentations), Cantad al Senor (O Sing to the Lord, from Brazil), and Siyahamba. It was a busy music morning! the choirs (both adult and teen) were working overtime too--the adult choir sang Shirley Murray's A Place At the Table, and the teen choir created a drum circle for the introit! Awesome.

  11. Since I serve a Welsh congregation, we sing either Hyfrydol or Cwm Rhondda at least once a month! (By the way, you haven't heard Hyfrydol unless you've heard it sung by Welsh tenors at a Gymanfa Ganu.)


    Today we sang "Joyful! Joyful We Adore Thee", "Canto De Esperanza", and "Let us Talents and Tongues Employ". We'll be Welsh next week.

  12. Ok, I'll take the hook Cheesehead, what's a gymanfa ganu?

  13. I like that song. I didn't know it by name, though. It's not one we sing. We sang My Hope is Built and Standing on the Promises.

  14. Cathy, "Forest Green" is far and away my preferred tune for O Little Town. I just looked at this morning's bulletin again and realized I'd left out two: choir sang "Hungry, I Come" and the Offertory song was Kelly Carpenter's marvelous "Send Your Rain."

    Leah, apparently Hydrofoiled again!

  15. Leah, that version of "o Little Town of Bethlehem" is also my favorite. Unfortunately the other one is schlepped through enough that it has left a bad taste in my mouth.

    Here is Forest Green (try to find this version on Youtube with the other version of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" being the one recorded many more times!)

  16. Our choir sang a setting of Siyahamba, lovely! Our hymns were "Forward Through the Ages" (also a great hymn tune), "Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread" and "In Christ there is No East or West" (sung to St. Christopher rather than my preferred tune, McKee).

  17. Gymanfa Ganu (guh-MAHN-vuh GAH-nee) is a Welsh hymn sing.

    It was the first Welsh phrase I learned when I came to St Stoic.

  18. The congregational hymn was "When In Our Music God is Glorified."

    The anthem was the African-styled "Freedom Come" written by a South African composer. We sang it a capella with bongo drums! Don't tell me the Frozen Chosen can't get down.

  19. Oh, Hyfrydol is also one of my favorites. And we would have sung it this morning, but the preaching minster wanted to do Beecher to Love Divine, All Loves Excelling instead of Hyfrydol. I guess it's the tune he grew up with. Hyfrydol is such a better tune for that wonderful trinitarian text. Oh well, can't win them all :). In addition to that we sang Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us. For our closing hymn the whole congregation sang the Lord's Prayer (Malotte). The choir sang One Bread, One Body.

    Leah, our youth choir is working on Hungry I Come and will sing it in November at our next communion service. I've really come to enjoy that piece. It gets stuck in my head.

  20. Yes, Hyfrydol is a marvelous hymn tune and one we use fairly often.

    Yesterday was sort of an "old faithful" hymn Sunday with gathering being "I love to tell the story," hymn of the day "O Jesus, I have promised," and sending "Lord, dismiss us with your blessing." Eucharistic hymns were "Amazing grace," "Just as I am," and "Jesus loves me."

  21. Amy, "One Bread, One Body" is one of my favorites! Speaking of Beecher the tune, next Sunday afternoon I'm playing for an installation service becaue their usual organist has a prior commitment, and they're singing "Called as Partners in Christ's Service" to Beecher. I love that text, but I consider Beecher in the same overdone category as the aforementioned St. Louis for "Litte Town."

  22. Ooh, I love this one!!!!

    In addition to other wonderfulness, the choir sang Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus. It went well!


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