This Is The Day Which The Lord Hath Given   2 comments


Above:  The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, April 28, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Original Danish Words by Nikolai Frederick Severin Grundtvig (1783-1872)

English Translation by the Reverend J. C. Aaberg (1877-1970)

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage


1.  This is the day which the Lord hath giv’n;

Greatly His people rejoices;

Open today are the portals of heav’n;

Lift now in gladness your voices,

For on this day of rejoicing

Jesus ascended with glorious might,

Sent us His Spirit with grace and light,

Gladly His praise we are voicing.

2.  Grant us, Lord Jesus, Thy wisdom and grace;

Enter this Sunday Thy dwelling,

Millions unnumbered from ev’ry race

Happy Thy praises are swelling,

Yea, may we praise Thee with gladness!

Freely Thy Spirit attends our need,

Blessing Thy people in word and deed,

Bringing rejoicing for sadness.

3.  Lend us, O Savior, Thy high altar’s fire

As in Thy house we assemble,

With Thine own presence our spirits inspire

Till we in ecstasy tremble;

Ever our joy is increasing,

Easter and Whitsun from Chrstmas grew:

Thus shall each Sunday our joy anew

Spring from Thy mercy unceasing.

4.  Quicken and strengthen Thy people today;

Bless them, O Lord, at Thine altar.

Lend us Thy wisdom and counsel, we pray,

Sanction Thy gospel and psalter.

Yea, may we know by Thy Spirit:

We are Thy people to grace restored;

Full of compassion art Thou, O Lord;

Christians Thy glory inherit.

2 responses to “This Is The Day Which The Lord Hath Given

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