Saturday, January 21, 2017

Hymn Story ~ At Calvary

The Hymn "At Calvary" was written by William Newell in 1895. At the time he was Assistant Superintendent at Moody Bible Institute. He wrote the lyrics on the back of an envelope between classes.

Newell passed the lyrics off to Daniel Towner, music director at Moody. Towner went in a music room and worked out the music. Within an hour, the two friends were singing and playing this robust hymn of praise.

It is one of my favorite hymns to play on the piano and have our church family sing.

I hope you've enjoyed learning about how this great and timeless hymn was written. How two gifted friends, listened to what God had laid on their heart. Little did they know at the time, their hymn would still be sung over 100 years later. God knew . . as He sees each of our paths laid out in front of us. Listen for what He might be asking you to do.

Have a blessed day dear ones. 


  1. One of my favorite hymns, Abby! Thanks for sharing the info!

  2. Enjoy hearing the "behind the scene" stories - Love this hymn so much - brings back childhood memories

  3. What a wonderful hymn and certainly written by God's prompting! Thak you Abby

  4. This was the very first hymn I learned to play out of the hymnal! (Probably because it's easy and in the key of C!) Wonderful hymn!

  5. Oh I love this hymn! I have it on CD and it's sung acappella. It sounds so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  6. Wonderful hymn...I always enjoyed singing along as it is very bouncy and bright. That must be one of the reasons why you enjoy playing it. I have been listening to Hymn a Week on You Tube since Cheryl at Thinking About Home featured one last week. It's been very pleasant.

  7. the best hymn to hear it sung....thanks for sharing.


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