This week, we’re sharing joys, concerns and questions. A Children’s Chapel youth saint is helping us today.
Question: You told us why “The Spacious Firmament on High” is the Children’s Chapel processional. Why is “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore thee” the song we hear at the end of the service?
Answer: Hymn 376 is set to the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. That seems like reason enough to hear it every week but the words, written by Henry Van Dyke, make us happy. They make us want to love and serve the Lord. Do you remember the words that send us from the Chapel into the world? “Go in Peace to love and serve the Lord!” we say. And everyone answers, “Thanks be to God!” Hymn 376 is a song of praise and thankfulness.
The instrument in the video is a French horn. It’s a member of the Brass family but it likes to play with woodwinds in an orchestra.