A Victorian musical masterpiece as simple, dramatic and moving as its majestic 2000 year old source. This particular performance is all the more touching for the sincere catch in Stanford Olsen’s fine tenor voice as this great Easter hymn approaches its climactic, heart-clutching moment:
“And once again the scene was changed,
New earth there seemed to be.
I saw the Holy City beside the tideless sea.
The light of God was on its streets, the gates were open wide,
And all who would might enter, and no one was denied!
No need of moon or stars by night,
Or sun to shine by day:
It was the new Jerusalem that would not pass away!
It was the new Jerusalem that would not pass away!”
Yet another beautiful rendition of “The Holy City” by the great American tenor Richard Crooks.
Easter morning, 2013, as if on cue, the first daffodils open…
If a larger lesson for all faiths is to be drawn from an observance of Easter, it is contained in these words of Alexandr Solzhenitsyn: “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this [collectivist tyranny] has happened.” Echoes William Penn: “”Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”
16 Replies to “The Holy City: Hope springs eternal! A joyous Easter to all!”
Thank you so much. This is a marvelous way to begin this day….so heart warming!!! Thank you again!!!!
Awesome. Thank you for publishing it here. Many happy memories are associated with this enormous hymn.
Oh wow. That has to be the most heartwarming rendition of this hymn that I have ever heard. Even some of the Choir ladies were moved. This man is wonderful.
Thank you so much Fred, from a fellow Ldot.
Thank you and all other posters. It’s a privilege to have such beauty at our fingertips.
Oh, Fred – how beautiful – thank you so very much. It was wonderful to see this linked on Lucianne. You and everyone here are all wished the most joyous, blessed Easter celebrated with all of those dear to you.
Thank you, again, Fred – it was so kind of you to post this for everyone to enjoy.
Χριστός Ανέστη!!! [Christos Anesti (Christ is risen!)]
He is risen indeed! I needed that this morning!
Thank you Fred. Our day has been gifted by this presentation.
What a beautiful way to start the day.
That was so beautiful I watched it three times! So glad our dear Lucianne gave us the link! He is risen! We are blessed! Thank you Fred!
Magnificent. More please…
Enjoyed Richard Crooks. Are those YOUR flowers?? We’re not that far along, even down this far south.
Those are indeed my daffodils. Spring has officially arrived in NJ.
THANK YOU WITH ALL MY HEART FOR THE GLORIOUS EASTER GIFT