The Holy City: Hope springs eternal! A joyous Easter to all!

March 30, 2013


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 Responses to The Holy City: Hope springs eternal! A joyous Easter to all!

  1. Clover on March 31, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Thank you so much. This is a marvelous way to begin this day….so heart warming!!! Thank you again!!!!

  2. marcia on March 31, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Awesome. Thank you for publishing it here. Many happy memories are associated with this enormous hymn.

  3. Chuzzles on March 31, 2013 at 8:41 am

    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.

    Susan,aka Chuzzles

    • Fred on March 31, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Thank you and all other posters. It’s a privilege to have such beauty at our fingertips.

      • Tianne on March 31, 2013 at 10:06 am

        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.

  4. Tim on March 31, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Χριστός Ανέστη!!! [Christos Anesti (Christ is risen!)]

  5. D Roamer on March 31, 2013 at 11:10 am

    He is risen indeed! I needed that this morning!

  6. Dr. Chet & Mary Singer on March 31, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Thank you Fred. Our day has been gifted by this presentation.
    What a beautiful way to start the day.

  7. Jean Gordon on March 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    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!

  8. Don’t Google today… | Time for Thorns on March 31, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    For those of you who didn’t make it to worship today, a truly beautiful music video.

  9. Choey on March 31, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Magnificent. More please…

  10. Jim Varner on March 31, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Enjoyed Richard Crooks. Are those YOUR flowers?? We’re not that far along, even down this far south.

    • Fred on April 1, 2013 at 3:56 am

      Those are indeed my daffodils. Spring has officially arrived in NJ.

  11. Louise on April 1, 2013 at 10:32 am



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