Who Shall Ope For Us the Portals   1 comment

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Hymn Source = American Lutheran Hymnal (1930), of the predecessor bodies of the American Lutheran Church (1930-1960)

Words by the Reverend Philip Adam Peter (1832-1919), in 1872.  He belonged to one of the predecessor bodies of the 1930-1960 American Lutheran Church.

The 1930 American Lutheran Hymnal specifies this hymn for use on December 31, Sylvester Eve, a.k.a. New Year’s Eve.


1.  Who shall ope for us the portals

Of the new approaching year?

Who shall guide us, who protect us

From all danger, harm, and fear?

Who shall give us strength and courage,

Patience, hope, and wisdom too,

That we may, as cheerful pilgrims,

Still our journey here pursue?

2.  There’s but One who can ope the portals

Of the year we enter on;

There’s but One who can lead us safely

On the way that we must run.

Who is this so great and mighty,

Who is this our strength and shield?

Has He ever spoken to us

And Himself to us revealed?

3.  Yes, His precious Word reveals Him,

Tells us of His boundless love,

Of that mercy and compassion

Which has bro’t Him from above.

And His name?–O yes! ’tis precious–

Jesus, Savior, Brother, Friend–

He shall guide us, guard and keep us

Till our journey here shall end.


Below:  Christ With Beard (300s)

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