Many of those who have toured the Church of the Transfiguration, attended a concert, or joined us for worship have told us that their visit was an opportunity for peace, recollection and spiritual refreshment. As most of us in our nation (and indeed across the globe) are currently at home, we wanted to continue to share the gift of the church with short, meditative videos of music and art.
There are countless settings of “Old 100th” or, what we have come to call “The Doxology.” This short hymn of praise is a wonderful antidote to fear and anxiety and a reminder of God’s blessings.
Click through to hear Robert Lau’s setting of this work, played by Jim Jordan on the E.M. Skinner organ at the Church of the Transfiguration and read more about the text and tune below…
Really, any hymn verse which sings praise directly to each person of the Trinity is called a “doxology” (just like the final verses of Gregorian Chant hymns from the Liturgy of the Hours.) But, this text and tune, which are not original to each other(!) have become part of “us”, regardless of our denominational background and one of our earliest examples of singing hymns in the vernacular!
The tune itself is first found in the Genevan Psalter (1541), attributed to Louis Bourgeois, a Parisian who moved to Geneva and was actually the church musician working directly under John Calvin. This tune was originally set with Psalm 134, later used with Psalm 100, “All People that on earth do dwell”, made most famous in the last century in Ralph Vaughan William’s setting for choir, orchestra, organ and congregation for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Today, you can open almost any hymnal and find this hymn – perhaps our best known and most oft-sung hymn of praise!