Sunday Worship Music: US Navy Hymn, Eternal Father Strong to Save by US Naval Academy Glee Club

Eternal Father, Strong to Save is performed by the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club from the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. If you have not seen the memorial, you will be touched by this video. Aboard the USS Arizona that day, 1,177 perished. Among those, twenty-three sets of brother died from the four hits on the ship. The entire ship band was lost. Nine quarts of oil a day still seep into the harbor – almost 72 years later, and since 1982, surviving crew members may choose cremation, with a full military funeral at the Memorial and have their ashes placed in an urn, be placed beneath one of the Arizona’s gun turrets by divers. “More than thirty survivors have chosen the ship as their resting place.”

USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial

At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time (12:55 p.m. EST) on December 7, 1941, Japanese fighter planes attacked the U.S. base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, launching one of the deadliest attacks in American history. The assault, which lasted less than two hours, claimed the lives of more than 2,500 people, wounded 1,000 more and damaged or destroyed 18 American ships and nearly 300 airplanes. Almost half of the casualties at Pearl Harbor occurred on the naval battleship USS Arizona, which was hit four times by Japanese bombers. Source:

USS Arizona

USS Arizona

According to its architect, Alfred Preis, the design of the Memorial, “Wherein the structure sags in the center but stands strong and vigorous at the ends, expresses initial defeat and ultimate victory….The overall effect is one of serenity. Overtones of sadness have been omitted to permit the individual to contemplate his own personal responses…his innermost feelings.” Source

Contrary to popular belief, the USS Arizona is no longer in commission. As a special tribute to the ship and her lost crew, the United States flag flies from the flagpole, which is attached to the severed mainmast of the sunken battleship. The USS Arizona Memorial has come to commemorate all military personnel killed in the Pearl Harbor attack.

The deaths at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 totaled 2,390: 1,999 US Navy, 233 US Army and Air Corps, 109 US Marine Corps and 49 civilians. Read more here.


Carl Middleton at GOD’S ANSWER is always Jesus continues Part II in his series on the Holy Spirit with a focus on speaking in tongues.

For me personally … I know the baptism of the Holy Spirit has helped me walk closer to the Lord. Do I have any of the gifts? Not all the time. But there have been times in my life when I have operated in one gift at a time, and not always the same gift … and then only when God anointed me to do such work.

In every case … any word, any laying on of hands, any deliverance, any work of faith, any healing, anything done or work attempted … was always the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit of Christ Jesus within me that did that work. It was nothing of mine … for I have nothing good to give. Anything good in any of us … is always Jesus. ~ Carl Middleton

Do you need the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Read it here. If you missed Part I last week, find it here.

To view all of my Sunday Worship Music posts, visit here.

US Naval Academy Glee Club, The US Navy Hymn, Eternal Father, Strong to Save (video)

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