For God so Loved the World…

Aachen Cathedral

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16,17

These verses are considered to be the heart of our faith that is Christ’s mission.

The composer John Stainer was born in Southwark, London in 1840. He was the son of a cabinet maker but became a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral aged ten. He became organist at Magdalen College Oxford and subsequently organist at St Paul’s Cathedral. When he retired due to his poor eyesight and deteriorating health, he returned to Oxford to become Professor of Music at the university. In 1887 he composed his oratorio ‘The Chrucifixion’ from which his sublime setting of John 3:16,17 has become much loved. There are many version on YouTube including a version by St Paul’s Cathedral choir. It is as efficacious as piece of music as any to use to quieten the mind in preparation for prayer. For God so loved the world…




From Stainer The Crucifixion


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