Church of England Diocese of Manchester Astley Bridge

Hymns for 31st May - recorded by Mel, St. Paul's Church Organist

Mel writes:-

The four hymns that were intended for this Sunday’s service in church at St Paul’s have been recorded and uploaded to YouTube. Of course this week they reflect the Whitsunday (aka Pentecost) theme. They are:

AMNS 156 Come down O love divine - https://youtu.be/6EJag1vWrCE

SHF 47 Breathe on me breath of God - https://youtu.be/j79Iug1nBBk

AMNS 93 Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire - https://youtu.be/eleYKU1sVXk

AMNS 233 O thou who camest from above - https://youtu.be/AP-lUmTEgQU

As well as some from the ‘classic’ Anglican repertoire such as “O thou who camest from above” – words by Charles Wesley, music by his grandson Samuel Sebastien Wesley – we have a plainsong hymn. “Come Holy Ghost our souls inspire” (“Veni Creator Spiritus”) from around the year 800, albeit in a ‘modern’ translation dating back only to the early 17th century!

This week’s ‘bonus item’ is an extra version of the hymn “Come down O love divine.” The tune was written by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1905 and he gave it the name “Down Ampney” which is a village in Gloucestershire with the church of All Saints. His father was the vicar there and my husband filmed some video on his phone while I was playing there. The obvious choice of music had to be the tune named after the place which was clearly familiar to Vaughan Williams - https://youtu.be/bmUfCVufFpk

As ever, this week’s hymns and all the others are in the archive
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs5IoS2IOMGxrJvKSpvEWHqNMEbhgo7y0</span>