Remembrance Day approaches. Mansions of the Lord, reminds us of the horrors and suffering of war. And the accompanying tragic loss of life.
Mansions of the Lord Video
First of all, avid readers of our blogs will remember our video of ‘American Trilogy’. Taken at our concert at St John’s Church, Llandudno last month.
The whole of that concert was recorded. We promised the release of further videos.
Our next video is ‘Mansions Of The Lord’, words by Randall Wallace and music by Nick Glennie-Smith.
The recording features Raymond Stythe-Jones on the church organ.
Additionally, Mansions of the Lord was originally written for the 2002 film, We Were Soldiers. It is performed by the United States Military Academy Glee Club and the Metro Voices.
Mansions of the Lord Lyrics
The lyrics consist of three short verses that dwell not on war and death. Rather than on the eternal peace of Heaven.
The hymn reminds us that in that blessed place there is no more war, no fear or pain, – just “divine embrace, eternal light.”
Moreover, the music is dignified, and uplifting, and reinforces the text’s message of hope. It is touching and emotional to sing.
Also, the hymn features in the 2004 funeral of President Ronald Reagan. Sung by the Armed Forces Chorus with the United States Marine Chamber Orchestra.
Beautiful and Moving
Denbigh Museum is currently holding an exhibition of ‘Denbigh and The Great War.’ It is running until 13th November.
The ‘Mansions of the Lord’ video features images from that display, by courtesy of Denbigh Archives.
In addition, we thank choir member, Dafydd Lloyd Jones, for his masterful compilation and editing of the video.
An appreciative comment from Deborah Pierce via Twitter:
‘,,, beautiful and moving video’.
Choir will Remember
In conclusion, the choir will be present at the Remembrance Day Service in Crown Square, Denbigh.
Furthermore, during the two minutes silence, thoughts will focus on the images in this video.