Heard at the Royal Wedding Today

Be Thou My Vision

This will not be a complaint about the wedding today.

As I was watching the wedding today I was moved by the great hymn, “Be Thou My Vision,” being sung as Harry and William stood awaiting the bride, wearing military uniforms. Regardless of the details of their lives, nothing tarnishes the soaring theme of this anthem of devotion and praise.

25 responses to “Heard at the Royal Wedding Today

  1. Stephen T. McCarthy

    Yes, excellent song, TrailDust!

    This rendition below comes from my favorite Van Morrison disc:
    (Hopefully this will post correctly. We’ll see…)

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents ‘Battle Of The Bands’

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    • I first listened to the version posted by TrailDust, which I found hauntingly familiar but couldn’t quite place. Then I heard the Van Morrison video you sent and it came to me: his was what my mens chorus, the Saanich Songmen, sang on our rounds. Yes, a grand melody and sentiments!

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      • Stephen T. McCarthy

        Ahh, very pleased I could help resurrect a good ol’ memory for ya, JOSEPH!

        ~ D-FensDogG
        STMcC Presents ‘Battle Of The Bands’

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        • Stephen T. McCarthy

          POSTSCRIPT:
          JOSEPH, when I was in junior high school, I was in the Boys Chorus. We had a kid in the chorus named Jubilant Sykes. He was the teacher’s pet, but with darn good reason! Even at the age of 12 or 13, it was clear to every human being with working ears that Jubilant had a gift that came straight from God.

          He later became a name in the world of opera, but never lost his Christian roots. You can go to YouTube and find many videos of Jubilant Sykes singing Gospel and Classic Hymns. He has an incredible voice, and he may be the reason I never sang again (not even in the shower) after junior high school! 🙂

          ~ D-FensDogG

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    • traildustfotm

      Thanks Steven! I had no idea Van Morrison recorded this one.

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  2. A beautiful wedding -there were portions that seem out of place in a royal setting. May these young couple enjoy many years together.

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  4. Beautiful song…thanks TD!

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  5. It was a surprisingly Christian marriage ceremony, that ended with the Lord’s Prayer. Beautiful.

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  6. Anyone find this spooky? On this date, May 19, 1536 another beautiful royal bride, Anne Boleyn, was beheaded in The Tower of London. She was falsely accused of witchcraft, incest and adultery. Before her execution she wrote that her husband, King Henry VIII was fooling around with another woman, Jane Seymour. Maybe the Princess Diana was not the only royal spirit attending the wedding today.

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  7. Indeed Be Thou My Vision is a great hymn (my favourite). However, this was another wonderful hymn to the same tune of Slane. If you look at the Order of Service as available online and listen closely to the hymn as sung, you will find it’s Lord Of All Hopefulness. Both wonderful hymns of praise.

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  8. “Be Thou My Vision” is my favorite hymn, (along with some other eternally/traditionally favorites….) and I find it appropritate for beginnings and endings…..I wish it for my ending…..and my choice is humbled b/c this couple chose it as their beginning……

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  9. As an English person, I have to say not all of us are happy about this wedding. It is we the British Taxpayer that has had to pay for all of this, it is we the British Taxpayer that will have to fork out for another divorce – this will not last, simply because she will not take all that she is told to do. She thinks its all easy, well she’s in for a shock, the so called Men in Grey rule the Palace. Also her past, her rather two or three times divorced past and all the posing she did will come back to haunt her. Harry might have stopped the British Press prior to the marriage, now they are married the gloves are off as far as the press is concerned. So many yesterday were complaining about the wedding, not all are happy. Take a look at the Queen’s face and Philip’s they say it all. Harry is a spoilt useless young man, like his so called “father” with his chocolate medals. Harry presented his Grandmother with a very difficult situation, the Queen could not be seen to turn this down and he would have kicked up a fuss. The Queen was always complaining about HRH Diana Princess of Wales, that was nothing compared to what this one will be, they can’t use any more white Fiats or tunnels this time.

    For me I do not like this woman, not because she is of mixed race, but because she is a gold digger and so obvious with it. Of all the lovely respectable young American women he could have chosen he chose someone with such a past, its not love its lust. I am not a Royalist.

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    • As an American, I watched the live streaming of the ceremony, both before and after, amazed at the THOUSANDS of Brits who lined the roads, waving the flag, and thrilled at the spectacle that they pay for with their taxes. Maybe they think the monarchy is worth it for the tourist dollars the “royals” bring in?

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    • Miss Anna, I agree with you.

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  10. Bringing “commoners” into the gene pool will help strengthen the royal bloodline for whatever that’s worth. Whether one loves or hates the royals, we don’t need more hemophiliacs, Hapsburg chins, intellectual disabilities, mental illness and other genetic abnormalities in the royal offspring. Ultimately, it’s so unfair innocent children have to live with the ignorance and sins of their ancestors.

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  11. Alma Thank you very much, I appreciate your kindness.

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  12. Dr. Eowyn. Many British do go out on these occasions with their little flags, feeling grateful that the Queen has allowed them to be present in the crowds on the streets of Windsor, where just hours previously the Police/security etc were busy kicking out the homeless off the streets, a lot of those that are homeless are British Soldiers that fought for this Country, fought for the Queen, and this is their thanks. Those same British waving their flags, collect the Queens Teapots, cups, plates and all the rest of the overpriced cheap china that is sold with her permission. When Diana came into the Family she was a breath of fresh air, Diana and its on record was the only pure English Blood via the Spencers in the the Royal family.. The Queen and the rest of them descend from Germans, they are not British. Diana was loved in this Country and the World and Charlie boy was so envious of her. All she wanted was to be loved to have a happy marriage and lots of children, but she was used. As Diana said herself “an heir and a spare” and then she was cast aside. That husband of hers was cheating on her before/during and after their marriage was coming to an end, with that old b…h Parker Bowles. These Royals compared to the European Royals are so dysfunctional. The only Royal it seems that works for a living is the Duke of Gloucester. Andrew flies around from one County to another to play golf etc. Never mind the cost to the Taxpayers never mind the environment charlie boy is always on about. There is so much about the Royals that one could say, Diana was shocked and disgusted her first Christmas morning with them she ran from the room crying, she had been brought up correctly. No doubt spoilt Harry like his father like his Uncles will have taken his fluffer on honeymoon with him, this is what they are like. I am afraid Miss Markle despite seeming to know it all, is in for some shocks.

    The people nearly brought the Queen down over Diana’s death when she refused to return to London, we had such a good chance then. I took my youngest Son to London the day of the Queen Mother’s Funeral, just to say he was part of history. We saw the Boys and their Father, Grandfather and Uncles, that was it, no flags. I hope I haven’t offended you with the above, I am afraid I have rather a passionate Irish streak in me. All the best.

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    • Offended? On the contrary, I thank you for speaking your mind!
      The homeless British soldiers are heart-breaking. Instead of helping them, the UK government welcomes Muslim invaders.
      What’s wrong with Brits?

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      • Dr Eowyn Thank you you are most kind. I could not agree with you more regarding all the muslims the British Government have let in, they won’t listen to the majority of the public. Hyde Park, World famous Speakers Corners is now instead of people being able to say whatever they want, which is what has always happened. Now the place is surrounded with muslims and their prayer mats and they object most strongly to anyone who has if you like a problem with them. I certainly have a problem with them, this Country cannot cope with anymore. We have enough of our own lazy/refusing to work people, excuse my language they screw the system, they know exactly how to as well. I have been told so many times at the Hospital “Anna why aren’t you claiming what you are entitled to”, because I have a rather large amount of health issues, too many, I can claim money but I won’t because there are people out there who need the benefits desperately but they seem to be left out, like the homeless Soldiers far too many of them have severe mental health problems, they so need the help but are ignored.

        As much as I love my Country its in a terrible mess and it breaks my heart it brings me to tears. I was four years of age when the Queen succeeded her Father, thats all I have known. Like I was brought up to respect others, but I never liked the Class system in my Country and that won’t end until the Royals go. I grew up and even in school you knew you were working class so don’t expect to achieve too much. There is so much pandering to all these Muslims in my Country, you see them in top position within Government, within Industry – it all stinks. We had a tv programme on last night on BBC1, I didn’t see it, I refused to, it was about AGAIN that Grenfell Tower fire, others have died in Terrorist attacks BBC forgets them. Today is the 5th Anniversary of Royal Fusilier Lee Rigby who was BUTCHERED by two muslims in London, they used cleavers and knives on him and practically decapitated him on our streets, does Government mention him today, NO does the BBC No, well Fusilier Lee Rigby was not Black. These days the Whites in GB are being pushed aside.

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    • Anna: I love your “passionate Irish streak”. They’ll never keep the Irish down. If you have never visited
      http://www.tomatobubble.com/id1225.html
      you may find his latest piece on “the royals” of interest.

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  13. Both my Parents were Irish – my Father was born in Blarney Village, he used to play in the grounds of the Castle when he was a boy. My Mother was born in a tiny hamlet in West Cork. I am all Irish blood, my two Sons have Irish from me, English and Greek from their late Father. We are such a mix. I had a quick look at the site you sent me, looks great. I shall make a cup of tea (typically British – Irish if you include a piece of cake) and sit down and read all about the Royals, many thanks. Take care.

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