NEARER, MY GOD, TO THEE – Worldwide Virtual Choir and Orchestra

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NEARER, MY GOD, TO THEE

Music by Sarah Adams and Lowell Mason 

Original Latin lyrics and arrangement by James Stevens

 

In articulo mortis (At the moment of death)

Caelitus mihi vires (My strength is from heaven)

Deo adjuvante non timendum (God helping, nothing should be feared)

In perpetuum (For ever)

Dirige nos domine (Direct us, O Lord)

Ad augusta per angusta (To high places by narrow roads)

Sic itur ad astra (Such is the path to the stars)

Excelsior (Ever upward)

 

Nearer, my God, to thee,

Nearer to thee!

E’en though it be a cross

That raiseth me.

 

There let the way appear,

Steps unto heav’n;

All that thou sendest me,

In mercy giv’n;

 

Still all my song shall be

Nearer, my God, to thee,

Nearer, my God, to thee,

Nearer to thee!

 

Though like the wanderer,

The sun gone down,

Darkness be over me,

My rest a stone,

 

Angels to beckon me

Nearer, my God, to thee,

Nearer, my God, to thee,

Nearer to thee!

 

Or if, on joyful wing

Cleaving the sky,

Sun, moon, and stars forgot,

Upward I fly!

 

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BYU VOCAL POINT 2019–20: 

Jason Bromley, Yaphet Bustos, Carson Trautman, Jonathan Meyers, Josh Dalley, Cabe John, Alex Brown, Zac Love, James Thorup; Artistic Director: McKay Crockett

 

SPECIAL THANKS: James Stevens, McKay Crockett, Ben Fales, David Stillman, Justin Hemsley, Nick Spinder, Cody Phillips, and especially to the 800 musicians from 55 countries* who participated in this worldwide collaboration! We couldn’t have done this without you!

 

*55 Countries/territories represented in this video:

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Belarus

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Croatia

Czech Republic

Dominican Republic

England

Finland

France

Germany

Ghana

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Kenya

Lithuania

Malaysia

Malta

Mexico

Nigeria

Norway

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Romania

Russia

Serbia

Singapore

Slovenia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Thailand

The Netherlands

Turkey

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States of America

Venezuela