This week’s song is “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”. Click here for music
Scriptures for this song:
John 12:12-13 Just as Jesus accepted the praises of the people upon His entrance to Jerusalem, this song asks that our praises be accepted as well. (Note verses 2 & 3)
Text by Theodulph of Orleans (ca. 760-821)
Music by Melchior Teschner (1584-1635)
The story behind the song:
A lot of songs come during periods of great trial for the author. Such is true of the text to this hymn. Theodulph of Orleans was a Bishop with a promising career under the rule of Charlemagne. When Charlemagne died, his son thought Theoudulph guilty of treason and he was imprisoned, despite his protests of innocence. During his imprisonment he wrote the text to this hymn. Before being sent to prison, Theodulph was a key player in many reforms in the church under Charlemagne. He had a great many writings from which we could learn a lot about church in the middle ages. One of his most famous writings was the Libri Carolini which addresses the issue of worshipping sacred images, refuting the standings from the then important Second Council of Nicaea.
The music was written much later than the text. Teschner, a German composer, studied theology, philosophy and music. He was a Lutheran cantor and later became a pastor.
I am doing a little research online to find these things out. I also have a book entitled “Our Latter-day Hymns The Stories and the Messages” by Karen Lynn Davidson from which I am finding information on these songs. If you want more info, the aforementioned book and the internet search engines can get you much more than the little bit I shared.