Praising Through William Dix’s “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus”
“Alleluia! Sing to Jesus” is a hymn written in 18636 by William Chatterton Dix. He wrote this text in celebration of the Lord's Service at Ascension services. Its original title was "Redemption by the Precious Blood" that first appeared in Altar Songs, Verses on the Holy Eucharist in 1867. This song is usually used during communion services due to its beautiful message.
William C. Dix was born on June 14, 1837, in Bristol to a local surgeon named John Dix. He studied at the local Grammar School in Bristol. At the age of 29, William became fatally ill, resulted in months of suffering confined in his bed. The amazing thing about this traumatic experience is that he wrote almost all his famous hymns during this incident. To name a few, "As with gladness men of old,” and his melancholic ”Come unto Me, ye weary," are one of his most excellent compositions. Many of his pieces were published on different books such as Hymns of Love and Joy (1861), Altar Songs, Verses on the Holy Eucharist (1867), Vision of All Saints (1871), and Seekers of a City (1878). He was acknowledged for his talent because people considered writing hymns as a challenging thing to do during his time. He died at Cheddar, Somerset, England and buried at his Parish Church in 1898.
The first stanza of the hymn was based on Revelations 5:9, where the “Song to Christ” is found, and it reminds us that the Grace of God finished the work of redemption. The second stanza taken from John 14:18 and Acts 1:9 tells us that God is omniscient. He’s with us in spirit all the time. The third stanza expresses our repentance - that we acknowledged we’re sinners, and we need His grace to put peace in our hearts.
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