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9 Most Famous American-Written Christian Hymns

By    |   Friday, 30 Oct 2015 06:21 PM

Every Sunday morning in America, songs fill the churches of this country as famous Christian hymns are sung and harmonized. It's an important portion of many church services, and those hymns are repeated and taught to every generation that follows.

Here are 10 of the most famous American-written Christian hymns.

1. "Blessed Assurance"
Although she was blind for all but six weeks of her life, Fanny Crosby wrote more than 8,000 songs during her 95 years on Earth. Written in 1873, "Blessed Assurance" might be her most well-known.

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2. "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power"
African-American gospel singer Andraé Crouch wrote this in 1962. The lyrics present "the blood of Jesus as a metaphor for Christ's atonement for our sin," says Hymnary.org.

3. "Brethren, We Have Met to Worship"
The author of this hymn, George Atkins was a Methodist preacher in Ohio and Tennessee and died in 1827. Not much else is known about him.

4. "His Eye Is On the Sparrow"
This song, written in 1905 by Civilla D. Martin and Charles H. Gabriel, has been covered by artists like Marvin Gaye and Whitney Houston, and it was sung by Lauryn Hill in the movie "Sister Act 2."

5. "Jesus Paid It All"
Elvina Hall wrote this while attending a church service in Baltimore, and afterward, she handed the lyrics to her pastor. Coincidentally, the pastor also had recently received a new instrumental song from the church organist. The pastor combined the two, and this hymn was created.

6. "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"
Written in 1923 by Thomas Chisholm, the hymn didn't gain in popularity until 22 years later when gospel singer George Beverly Shea began singing it around the world at Billy Graham's evangelistic crusades, according to ShareFaith.

7. "It Is Well With My Soul"
Chicago lawyer Horatio Spafford, who lost a son two years before, wrote this hymn on a trans-Atlantic ship crossing only days after he and his wife lost four daughters in a ship-sinking accident. His wife survived.

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8. "To God Be the Glory"
Another selection from Crosby, who wrote more than 900 hymns in her life. This one was popular in the United Kingdom, but it made an impact in America in the 1950s when Graham and his song leader Cliff Barrows introduced it at their crusade in Nashville.

9. "What Wondrous Love is This"
The earliest known publication of this hymn was in 1811, but aside from its discovery in the Appalachian region of American, not much of its history is known.

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