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History of Hymns: "Blessed Assurance"

Updated: May 1, 2021


The story for the well-known Christian hymn Blessed Assurance goes that tune composer Phoebe Palmer Knapp (1839-1908) played a melody to Fanny Crosby during a visit and she asked, "What does the melody say to you?" Crosby replied that the tune said, "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!" Mrs. Knapp proceeded to recite the entire first stanza of the now-famous hymn.


The hymn appeared in the July 1873 issue of Palmer's Guide to Holiness and Revival Miscellany, a magazine printed by Dr. and Mrs. W. C. Palmer of 14 Bible House, New York City. The popular song reflects Crosby's walk of faith, as expressed in Philippians 1:21, "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" (ESV).


The intention of this project is to bring media and the arts together to create a message of hope. The music was performed by pianist Joanna Ximenes during a live concert on October 23, 2020.


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