Depending on the way you grew up or the way you live your life right now, you'd have come to know some hymns -- those religious songs (or poems) that are constantly sung in church, at funerals and even weddings. They're meant to address deities; to praise them and ask for good favor and fortune.
Many religions around the world have their own hymns, but the most well-known are of the Christian religion, and that's what we're going to focus on today. We're going to test your knowledge of some of the most popular hymns to see how well you've been paying attention in church.
We're either going to ask you which lyric goes with which song, how the hymns begin or end or at what kind of occasion the hymn is most used. It'll be your job to give us the correct answers to each of out questions to prove just how well you know your hymns. So, if you're ready to show us that you know your stuff, that you learned something during all those Saturdays or Sundays in church, then let's get started on this hymns quiz.
The hymn Joyful Joyful goes like this:%0DJoyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;%0DHearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.%0DMelt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;%0DGiver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!
This is how this hymn ends: %0D%0DJesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!%0DOur triumphant holy day, Alleluia!%0DWho did once upon the cross, Alleluia!%0DSuffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
A fun fact about hymns is that most of them are named after their first line. Usually it's the entire thing, or a few words from it.
This song was written in the 1700s by a man named John Fawcett. He wrote this song in England in 1782, where he lived with his family and made a mere 25 pounds per years.
The verse is finished with the line "It is well, it is well, with my soul."
The name of the song really says it all, and so do its lyrics "Fear and grief no more.%0DFriends are there, waiting now.%0DHe is waiting, too.%0DSee His smile! See His hand!%0DHe will lead me through."
Most Psalms that inspire hymns are sung in the same words that the Psalm is written in. Sometimes, the words may differ, but not to the point where the psalm becomes unrecognizable.
This is one of the very first hymns that we are taught, as children. It goes:%0DJesus loves me! This I know,%0DFor the Bible tells me so.%0DLittle ones to Him belong;%0DThey are weak, but He is strong.
This hymn begins:%0D%0DLift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim,%0DTill all the world adore His sacred Name.
Offering is the time during a church service where people give money, sometimes their tithes, to the Lord and the church. People are encouraged to give during this time.
The hymn goes: %0D%0DGod is our refuge and our strength,%0DOur ever present aid,%0DAnd, therefore, though the earth remove,%0DWe will not be afraid;
A confirmation ceremony is one where someone formally gives themself up to the Lord and becomes a full member of the Christian community.
At the cross ends with the following verse: %0D%0DBlessèd thought! For every one%0DAt the cross there’s room!%0DLove’s atoning work is done;%0DAt the cross there’s room!%0DStreams of boundless mercy flow,%0DFree to all who thither go;%0DOh, that all the world might know%0DAt the cross there’s room!
This favorite goes: %0DThis little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.%0DThis little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
The hymn entitled "Jesus Lover Of My Soul" was written by Charles Wesley; an English teacher who lived during the 18th century. He is responsible for writing many others, over six thousand, to be exact.
The first verse goes: %0DRock of Ages, cleft for me,%0DLet me hide myself in Thee;%0DLet the water and the blood,%0DFrom Thy wounded side which flowed,%0DBe of sin the double cure;%0DSave from wrath and make me pure.
"Blessed Redeemer" speaks about running to the cross and asking for forgiveness. It is normal to sing these at baptisms because one is basically being reborn, shedding their sins and devoting themselves to Christ.
The Psalm goes like this: %0D%0DShout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.%0DWorship the Lord with gladness;%0Dcome before him with joyful songs.%0DKnow that the Lord is God.
Although often sung at funerals, "All Things Bright and Beautiful" is a happy hymn that speaks of flowers opening, ripe fruits and small and large creatures. It tells us to be grateful - and grateful we should be, especially at weddings.
The song starts: %0DTo God be the glory, great things He has done;%0DSo loved He the world that He gave us His Son
Shall We Gather At The River ends with its refrain, which goes like this: %0DAt the smiling of the river,%0DMirror of the Savior’s face,%0DSaints, whom death will never sever,%0DLift their songs of saving grace.
"Amazing Grace," although sung for happier occasions, is known as the funeral anthem in many countries. It is a hymn that speaks of how hard life was until one found Christ and therefore peace.
Psalm 117 begins:%0D%0DPraise the Lord, all you nations;%0Dextol him, all you peoples.%0DFor great is his love toward us,%0Dand the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.%0DPraise the Lord.
What A Friend We Have in Jesus starts:%0DWhat a friend we have in Jesus, %0Dall our sins and griefs to bear! %0DWhat a privilege to carry %0Deverything to God in prayer! %0DO what peace we often forfeit,%0DO what needless pain we bear, %0Dall because we do not carry %0Deverything to God in prayer.
Also called "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory," this hymn was written by American Julia Ward, back in the 1800s. She made use of music from the song "John Brown's Body" to do so.
All Hail The Power Of Jesus' Name ends with the lines: %0D%0DLet every tribe and every tongue before Him prostrate fall%0DAnd shout in universal song the crownèd Lord of all.%0DAnd shout in universal song the crownèd Lord of all.
"Grace Like Rain" is an optimistic hymn that speaks of sins being not only washed away, but also cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, which is, in essence, what baptisms are all about.
Not only is "The Lord is My Shepherd" a hymn, it is also taught to children as a prayer to be said sometimes after the Lord's Prayer.
"Bind Us Together" is one of those songs that has a double meaning. It can mean that the singer wants to bound with the Lord or that the singers want to be bound together in love-especially at a wedding.
"Crown With Many Crowns" ends with the lyrics:%0D%0DCrown Him the Lord of years, the Potentate of time,%0DCreator of the rolling spheres, ineffably sublime.%0DAll hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou has died for me;%0DThy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity.
Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine!%0DO what a foretaste of glory divine!%0DHeir of salvation, purchase of God,%0DBorn of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
The Jerusalem hymn begins like this:%0D%0DAnd did those feet in ancient time%0DWalk upon England's mountain green?%0DAnd was the holy Lamb of God%0DOn England's pleasant pastures seen?
"Morning Has Broken" is one of of the happier funeral hymns. It is sung to life the mood of the somber during this very difficult time.
The first verse of Ave Maria goes: %0DAve Maria! Ave Maria! Maiden mild!%0DListen to a maiden's prayer!%0DThou canst hear though from the wild,%0DThou canst save amid despair.%0DSafe may we sleep beneath thy care,%0DThough banish'd, outcast and reviled -%0DMaiden! hear a maiden's prayer;%0DMother, hear a suppliant child!%0DAve Maria!
"Give Me Joy In My Heart" ends: %0DSing hosanna, sing hosanna,%0DSing hosanna to the King of kings.%0DSing hosanna, sing hosanna,%0DSing hosanna to the King.