Saturday, November 13, 2010
But the song that I know will be my favorite is our opening hymn, "O Day Full of Grace." Whenever I hear the text, I always hear the St. Olaf Choir singing the incredible arrangement by F. Melius Christiansen. It's among the best vocal tone painting ever written. The music beautifully depicts the sunrise. The text of the first verse describes the day just appearing on earth's horizon, while the second verse takes us from the "gracious midnight hour" through dawn and the rising sun, driving gloom from our hearts. Later verses continue the swell of activity and joy as the day continues, and it all ends with a nod toward the future and our trip to the eternal promised land.