Common Christian hymns, such as "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art," are among some of the most loved and remembered songs of the faith. These hymns and others are commonly featured during church services to inspire believers.
Christian hymns have been written and recorded for generations as a means of capturing the emotions felt by believers in every station of life. Some are meant to lift up the discouraged, such as "Be Thou My Vision" and "It is Well With My Soul." Others have been penned to remind doubters that they are not alone, as in "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "Jesus Lover of My Soul."
Some of the most commonly recited and remembered hymns were once taught in schools and on military bases to encourage believers to be strong in faith and full of courage. These include well-loved battle cries like "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "Onward Christian Soldiers." Other hymns simply remind the hearer that God is near and holy, and like "The Old Rugged Cross," they communicate his love and sacrifice for his people.
Many of these hymns are popular among numerous sects of Christianity, and some of the hymns' lyrics were written by notable authors, such as Charles Wesley, Martin Luther and William Blake.