Called down to the river



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Down in the River to Pray

"As I went down in the river to pray / Studying about that good ol' way / And who shall wear the starry crown? / Good Lord show me the way! /
Alison Krause (Down In The River To Pray)
The song and the photos really speak of a time and place where a baptism involved the whole community coming to witness a solemn and sacred event. They gathered together to give affirmation publicly that the one being baptized is beginning a life of following God’s new way of living through the teachings of Jesus. It's a powerful witness to a world full of unbelief. I love the song, too, and the photos make it that much more special. "Oh, sinners let's go down, c'mon down. O sinners let's go down, down in the river to pray." "Down in the River to Pray" (also known as "Down to the River to Pray," "Down in the Valley to Pray," "The Good Old Way," and "Come, Let Us All Go Down") is a traditional American song variously described as a Christian folk hymn, an African-American spiritual, an Appalachian song, and a gospel song. The exact origin of the song is unknown. Research suggests that it was composed by an African-American slave.

David Cutter more than 4 years ago