Monday, May 31, 2010

US Memorial Day: The Navy Hymn

There are several versions of Eternal Father, Strong to Save.  As this is the Navy Hymn, here is the version the US Navy has adopted. Each of the first three verses reference Father, Son and Holy Spirit respectively, making this hymn an bridge between Trinity Sunday and Memorial Day when both fall on the same weekend.

In Lutheran Service Book, there is an option with a verse for those on land, sea, and air, which may be appropriate for times of travel as well as the observance of national holidays.

Here is the Naval Academy Mens Glee Club singing The Navy Hymn. For those of you who are fans of the "Amen" at the end of each hymn in The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), you will not be disappointed!

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