“In Christ Alone” has been voted by the British public as the third most popular hymn of all time in a BBC Songs of Praise special, joining the ranks of beloved classics like “Abide With Me” and “Amazing Grace.”
The nation’s favorite hymns were voted for by tens of thousands of members of the public and revealed on U.K.’s Favourite Hymns hosted by Alex Jones at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall over the weekend.
“In Christ Alone,” co-written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend in 2000, was ranked just below “How Great Thou Art,” which came second, and “Jerusalem,” which came first. The popular worship song was the most modern hymn to be nominated and the highest to feature living writers.
Introducing “In Christ Alone,” Jones commented, “’In Christ Alone’ is a wonderful modern hymn. Written in 2000, this hymn has lyrics that continue to resonate with Christians throughout our country and indeed, the world.”
In a statement, Keith Getty said, “We are honored to be included in this illustrious list. The true story of ‘In Christ Alone’ is that I found an unpaid electricity bill in my office and on the back of it I had written a melody, and played it, and recorded it and then sent it to Stuart Townend — a couple of months later we had ‘In Christ Alone’ and the rest is history.”
“We hope you can know the heights of love and depths of peace that can only be found In Christ Alone,” he added.
The BBC One show included performances of each of the much-loved hymns from across the United Kingdom, including Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man. The performance of “In Christ Alone” was set in Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast and performed by Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett