Tens of thousands of members of the British public have voted for their favourite hymn.
In a special episode of the BBC’s Songs of Praise, host Aled Jones announced that the country’s favourite hymn is ‘Jerusalem’.
Joined by special guests including classical singer Russell Watson, Britain’s Got Talent winner Colin Thackery and Black Panther actress Sope Aluko, Jones revealed the Top 10 from De Montford Hall in Leicester, England.
As voted by the public, the list of the UK’s ten favourite hymns is as follows:
1. ‘Jerusalem (And Did Those Feet)’
2. ‘How Great Thou Art’
3. ‘In Christ Alone’
4. ‘Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind’
5. ‘Abide With Me’
6. ‘I Vow To Thee My Country’
7. ‘Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah/Redeemer’
8. ‘Amazing Grace’
9. ‘Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord’
10. ‘I‚ The Lord Of Sea And Sky (Here I Am Lord)’
The words to ‘Jerusalem’ are based on William Blake’s poem ‘And did those feet in ancient time’ from 1808, set to music written by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916.
Interestingly, ‘Jerusalem’ didn’t appear at all in the Top 10 when the survey was last conducted six years ago.
Song of Praise – The UK’s Favourite Hymn is available for UK viewers to watch now on BBC iPlayer.
An album of The 50 Most Beloved Hymns is available on Amazon.