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To appreciate the timelessness of the hymn “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” don’t forget it was penned by the British actress Sarah Flower Adams almost two centuries ago and harkened way back to Jacob’s dream as recorded in Genesis — the Bible’s oldest book.
Beloved by Latter-day Saint choirs and congregations as hymn No. 100 in the Church’s current hymnbook, the song is perhaps most widely known for allegedly being the final number performed by the band on the Titanic before the ship sank.
And “Nearer, My God, to Thee”’s comforting lyrics — “Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to thee” — can seem aptly written for anyone at this moment weathering 2020’s unsettling events.
A new video released a few days ago by the Brigham Young University male a cappella group Vocal Point delivers the ageless hymn in contemporary and inclusive fashion. Vocal Point members are joined in virtual fashion by approximately 800 performers from 55 countries.
“Something this uplifting is exactly what we need right now,” said Weneta Kosmala, a professional violinist from California who is counted among the rows of musicians performing in the video.
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