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Rejoice, Jerusalem, and Sing!

By Andrew Richard & Nathanael Hahn

“Rejoice, Jerusalem, and Sing!” text by Andrew Richard (2022). Tune (O freu dich sehr, Jerusalem) and setting by Nathanael Hahn (2022). Homophonic, SATB.
Complete recording. Soprano: Hannah Engwall, Alto: Anna Hahn, Tenor: Andrew Richard, Bass: Nathanael Hahn. January 2023.

Mr. Hahn and I wrote this hymn in five days (Dec. 11-15, 2022) for a confirmation. It’s an Advent Lord’s Supper hymn, drawing from the themes of the four Sundays in Advent: stanzas 1 and 2 focus on the First Sunday (Mt. 21:1-9), stanzas 3 and 4 on the Second (Lk. 21:25-36), stanza five on the Third (Mt. 11:2-10), and stanza 6 on the Fourth (Jn. 1:19-28). The seventh stanza draws from the two great Advent psalms: Psalm 80, from which the Advent petition “stir up” comes, and Psalm 24, which serves as the basis for several other Advent hymns. The meter is, following the rhyme scheme ABBAAB. The third line has an inverted first foot (a trochee instead of an iamb), a common move in English poetry, though it doesn’t appear much in hymnody. Mr. Hahn crafted the tune to work with it. – Pastor Richard

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  • Andrew Richard

    Andrew Richard is Assistant Pastor and Headmaster at Mount Hope Lutheran Church and School in Casper, WY. He enjoys singing and writing Lutheran hymns, reading and teaching poetry, studying Lutheran composers, and listening to their works. His favorite hymn is TLH 319, “In Thee Alone, O Christ, My Lord.”

  • Nathanael Hahn

    Nathanael Hahn teaches math, science, Latin, and music theory at Mount Hope Lutheran School. He enjoys composing music for choir and orchestra as well as setting hymns to music. Nathanael also loves singing hymns; one of his favorites is TLH 520, “Commit Whatever Grieves Thee.”

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