The hymn “Crown Him (Majesty)” has two authors: one Anglican and one Catholic. It was written during…

The hymn “Crown Him (Majesty)” has two authors: one Anglican and one Catholic. It was written during…

The hymn “Crown Him (Majesty)” has two authors: one Anglican and one Catholic. It was written during the nineteenth century, a time when Anglicans and Catholics did very little songwriting together and very little together in general.

The original six verses were written by Matthew Bridges, a Catholic, who based the song on Revelation 19:12: “His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself.”

Godfrey Thring, an Anglican clergyman, wrote six new verses for fear that a Catholic hymn was becoming too popular among the Anglican church and teaching its congregants bad theology.

Today we sing a mix of all twelve verses, depending on what hymnal you’re looking at. What was done as a means of dividing the church, actually united it, creating a hymn for both Protestants and Catholics. In this way, we are practicing what we sing: Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.

#WorshipNightInAmerica

(RSS generated with FetchRss)


Powered by WPeMatico