Praise God for this holy ground

Praise God for this holy ground. John Bell* (1949– ).  This five-stanza hymn with refrain is a litany of praise to God. Four of the five stanzas employ anaphora, repeating ‘Praise God’ at the beginning of each. A jubilant refrain, ‘Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God’s goodness is eternal’, follows. First published in One Is the Body: Songs of Unity and Diversity (Glasgow/Chicago, 2002), the hymn appears in three other collections: the Canadian More Voices (2007), and in Worship and Song (2011), and the Presbyterian hymnal Glory to God (2013).  Stanza one references ‘holy ground, place and people, sight and sound’. Thanksgiving for these elements of worship recalls Moses’ encounter with...

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