What are some well-known Lutheran hymns?


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Some popular Lutheran hymns include "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," "Amazing Grace," "Beautiful Savior," "Children of the Heavenly Father" and "Crown Him with Many Crowns," according to Lutheranism 101. Other popular Lutheran hymns are "Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice," "Go, My Children, with My Blessing," "God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It," "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" and "Jesus Has Come and Brings Pleasure."

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Martin Luther wrote "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" in the 1520s, using a text based on Psalm 46. The text focuses on God's help in times of trouble. There are translations of the text in many languages, and it appears in hymnals of many Christian denominations, including those of Episcopal, Baptist, Catholic and Presbyterian churches. Composers such as Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn have written choral and organ pieces based on this hymn.

"Amazing Grace" is another hymn that is popular in many Christian denominations. John Newton, an Anglican priest who had formerly worked as a slave trader, wrote the text of this hymn in 1772. William Walker paired the text with the tune "New Britain" in his book "Southern Harmony." The original composer of "New Britain" is unknown. Many popular singers have recorded "Amazing Grace," including Elvis Presley, Judy Collins, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles.

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