Lo, God to Heaven Ascendeth!   3 comments

Ascension of Christ Icon

Above:  Icon of the Ascension of Christ

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Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnary (1935), Norwegian Lutheran Church of America/The Evangelical Lutheran Church

Original German Words (1665) by Gottfried Wilhelm Sacer (1635-1699)

English Translation (1841) by Frances Elizabeth Cox (1812-1897)

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1.  Lo! God to heaven ascendeth!

Throughout its regions vast,

With shouts triumphant blendeth

The trumpet’s thrilling blast:

Sing praise to Christ, the Lord,

Sing praise with exultation!

King of each heathen nation!

The God of hosts adored.

2.  With joy is heaven resounding,

Christ’s glad return to see;

Behold the saints surrounding

The Lord who set them free:

The cherub-band rejoices,

And loud seraphic voices

Welcome Messiah home.

3.  No more the way is hidden,

Since Christ, our head, arose:

No more to man forbidden,

The road to heaven that goes;

Our Lord is gone before,

Yet here He will not leave us,

But soon in heaven receive us:

He opens wide the door.

4.  Christ is our place preparing.

To heaven we, too, shall rise,

And, joys angelic sharing,

Be where our treasure lies:

There may each heart be found,

Where Jesus Christ has entered!

There let our hopes be centered,

Our course still heavenward bound!

5.  May we, His servants, thither

In heart and mind ascend,

And let us sing together,–

We seek Thee, Christ, our friend,

Thee God’s anointed Son,

Our life, and way to heaven,

To whom all power is given,

Our hope, and joy, and crown.

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