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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity

At the recent CiRCE Conference, one of the presenters argued that classical music can capture a kind of grandeur that is impossible to attain in pop music. The example that he gave was Gustav Holst's "Jupiter: The Bringer of Jollity," and he played a recording of this composition. Regardless of whether one fully accepts the proposition put forth by the presenter, it is impossible to deny the majesty of this tune.
 

 A section from "Jupiter" was used in the British hymn, "I Vow to Thee My Country:"

Neither of the above compositions were written for the purpose of exalting Christ: the idea for "Jupiter" apparently came about through a discussion of astrology, and "I Vow to Thee My Country" is a patriotic tune. But somehow the effect of these compositions, executed so masterfully, seem to give the hearer a sense of awe, which the Christian realizes is properly directed to our Lord.

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