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We Gather Together - Hymn History

Hymn History, "We Gather Together to Ask the Lord's Blessing."
If you are like me, you would probably visualize the hymn "We Gather Together" with the popular painting of the pilgrims and Indians feasting together at a long table with a huge turkey as the main course.

Actually, "We Gather Together" is a Christian hymn of Dutch origin by Adrianus Valerius. (1597). The modern English text was written by Theodore Baker in 1894.

"We Gather Together" was written to celebrate the Dutch victory over the Spanish forces. For the USA, the end of World War I and in to WW ll saw many Americans receiving great comfort from this hymn.

"We Gather Together" steadily gained popularity, especially in services of Thanksgiving. In 1935, "We Gather Together" was included in the national hymnal of the Methodist-Episcopal Church.
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Published: 8/24/2015
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