The Church of Christ, Which He Hallowed Here   3 comments

Spangenberg

Above:  Bishop Augustus Gottlieb Spangenberg (1704-1792)

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923), of the Moravian Church in America

Original German Words (1745) by Bishop Spangenberg for a Union Synod at Lancaster, Pennsylvania

English Translation (1858) by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)

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1.  The Church of Christ, which He hath hallowed here

To be His house, is scattered far and near,

In North, and South, and East, and West abroad;

And yet in earth and heaven, thro’ Christ, her Lord,

The Church is one.

2.  One member knoweth not another here,

And yet their fellowship is true and near;

One is their Saviour, and their Father one;

One Spirit rules them, and among them none

Lives to himself.

3.  They live to Him who bought them with His blood,

Baptized them with His Spirit, pure and good;

And in true faith and ever-burning love,

Their hearts and hopes ascend, to seek above

The eternal good.

4.  O Spirit of the Lord, all life is Thine;

Now fill Thy Church with life and power divine,

That many children may be born to Thee;

And spread Thy knowledge like the boundless sea,

To Christ’s great praise.

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