Firmly I believe

At their best, hymns not only draw Christians together in one song of praise and thanksgiving: they also catechize. John Henry Newman’s Firmly I Believe lifts the heart. It also sharpens the mind to a creedal, catholic, and orthodox understanding of God. And our very own Canon Kucharski, here at Nashotah House back in ’92, put this fine hymn to a thundering, haling tune. But you don’t have to be here on campus to worship to this fine hymn. If you can, gather as many believers as you are able around an old and half-tuned piano and really sing your hearts out. It’s a song to shake the rafters. Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus…


About tblanski

Tyler Blanski ( is a housepainter, author and musician who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is 29 years old, and dedicated to discovering Christ’s activity in our lives—whether it’s our relationships, our imaginations, or our jobs. He wants to help build God’s Kingdom, brick by brick. He is the author of "Mud & Poetry: Love, Sex, and the Sacred" (Upper Room Books, 2010). Zondervan just published his new book "When Donkeys Talk," a holy pilgrimage into an Anglican understanding of the sacraments. He blogs at: