Sunday, February 8, 2015

"Blessed Assurance" (Standard Hymn & Black Gospel Versions).

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases one hymn and four African American Gospel examples of the Christian song "Blessed Assurance". Standard lyrics for that song are also included in this video.

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Thanks to Frances J. Crosby for composing this congregational hymn in 1873. Thanks also to the arrangers of that song and all those who are featured in these videos. Thanks also to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

(Frances Crosby)
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.


With the exception of the video of the hymn, these examples are presented in chronological order based on their posting date on YouTube with the oldest dated example given first.

Example #1: Blessed Assurance - Congregational Hymn

Faith for the Family Published on Aug 21, 2014

Listen to this hymn given at Temple Baptist Church in Powell, Tennessee.
This is the way that the congregation of my African American American Baptist church singing "Blessed Assurance" (in Atlantic City, New Jersey). My recollections are from the 1950s to date. I believe that many other African American churches sing "Blessed Assurance" the standard way. I've never heard it in person sung any other way.

Example #2: Blessed Assurance - Bryan Wilson Hosts Video Gospel

Shane Wall Uploaded on Oct 13, 2007

The actual live recording when Bryan Wilson sang "Blessed Assurance" with the Mississippi Mass Choir supporting in the background. This song was on Bryan's 1st solo project, "Bryan's Songs."

Example #3: St. James Reunion Choir - Blessed Assurance

Marcel West, Uploaded on Dec 5, 2008

Reunion Choir singing Blessed Assurance
This is St. James Missionary Baptist Church - Detroit, Michigan

Example #4: Blessed Assurance - Bishop Jeff Banks and the Revival Temple Mass Choir

Kadeem Graves Published on Aug 19, 2012

This is from the 1993 album "He's All Over Me" Soloists: John Qualls/Sharonda Qualls

Example #5: Shirley Caesar - Blessed Assurance

allen freeman, Published on Dec 31, 2012
The man introducing Shirley Caesar is comedian, radio and television talk show & game show host Steve Harvey.

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