Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sunday Hymn -- Rock of Ages

Written in 1763 by the Reverend Augustus Toplady, it has been a favorite of many for almost 250 years.

The picture here is of the actual Rock that helped inspire this hymn.

According to Wikipedia, "Traditionally, it is held that Toplady drew his inspiration from an incident in the gorge of Burrington Combe in the Mendip Hills in England. 

"Toplady, a preacher in the nearby village of Blagdon, was travelling along the gorge when he was caught in a storm. Finding shelter in a gap in the gorge, he was struck by the title and scribbled down the initial lyrics on a playing card.

"The fissure that is believed to have sheltered Toplady is now marked as the "Rock of Ages", both on the rock itself and on some maps, and is also reflected in the name of a nearby tea shop."
And now that you know the story behind this Hymn, let's sing along with the Choir in this 2 minute 56 second video.  HERE'S THE LINK

For additional information about this Hymn, Click Here.