Wednesday, September 02, 2015
MH 118 NEE 606
This is fairly parochial, but most Mennonites and fellow-travelers will be able to decipher the code of this post's title. MH = Mennonite Hymnal, 118 = "Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow" in the Blue MH, and 606 is the same hymn in the older Red MH. As noted in this interesting article, "In the 1969 volume The Mennonite Hymnal, number 606 is a four-part choral setting of the doxology ("Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow") that has become wildly popular among North American Mennonites." It is not the traditional doxology, but rather a juiced-up version that is sometimes know as the Mennonite "Anthem". I have included two versions below - the first one is sung in a quicker tempo, which I prefer. The second is not so much for the song, but for the director, our friend Arlin Buller - note how Arlin really gets in to leading the group at the Rocky Mountain Relief Sale in Rock Ford, Colorado.