Archive for the ‘Church Triumphant’ Category

From Land to Land the Christian Goes   1 comment


Above:  Cemetery

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-det-4a28669

Original German Text by Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760)

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


From land to land the Christian goes,

Through pain and self-denial;

And finds a haven of repose

From all his earthly trial.

God’s fatherly enbrace

Shall close the pilgrim race;

The precious seed, in weakness sown,

Shall rise in glory not its own.


Thy race is run, thy struggle o’er,

As conqueror we hail thee;

Blest spirit, free for evermore,

No sorrows now assail thee;

Ascend on wings of love

To join the ranks above;

While e’en thy tenement of clay

Has promise of a brighter day.


God shall descend with glory crowned,

His majesty disclosing;

Rest, pilgrim, in thy hallowed ground,

In joyful hope reposing;

Rest, spirit ever blest,

Safe on thy Saviour’s breast!

O guide us all, Thou God of light,

From depths of woe to Salem’s height.

O, Exalt and Praise the Lord   2 comments

Christ Enthroned in Heaven

Above:  Icon of Christ Enthroned in Heaven

Image in the Public Domain

Original German Text (1566) by Petrus Herbert (1530-1571)

English Translation (1789) by Frederick William Foster (1760-1835)

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


O, exalt and praise the Lord,

Laud His Name forevermore,

Gratefully with one accord,

With angels, Him adore;

Thank Him for the faithfulness

Wherewith He His witnesses,

Who in heaven are perfected,

Through great tribulation led.


Since we likewise may attain

To this happiness through grace,

And, by following Jesus, gain

With the saints in heaven a place;

May we tread the narrow path,

Not unfruitful in the faith,

And unto the end endure,

Making our election sure.


May we always have in view

The example of our Lord,

Faithfully His steps pursue,

Giving heed unto His word;

In our bodies, while we’ve breath,

May we bear about His death,

That His life may even here

In our mortal flesh appear.


Let us call to mind, with joy,

Those who have before us gone,

Who obtained the victory

Through the blood of Christ alone;

That we all may zealously

Imitate their constancy,

Till we too the prize receive,

And with them in glory live.

O Lord, Devoutly Love I Thee   2 comments

Augustus Nelson

Above:  Augustus Nelson

Image Source = The Escanaba Daily Press, Escanaba, Michigan, June 27, 1924, Page 4

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Hymn Source = The Hymnal and Order of Service (1925), The Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod

Original Text (1571) by Martin Mikael Schalling (1532-1608)

Swedish Text (1818) by Johann Olaf Wallin (1779-1839)

English Translation by Augustus Nelson (1863-1949)


O Lord, devoutly love I Thee;

Come, Jesus, and abide with me,

And grant me e’er Thy favor.

In this wide world of anxious care

Vain glory find I everywhere,

But peace with Thee, my Saviour.

E’en though, in woeful agony,

My soul and body pine away,

Thou art my Comfort, ever blest,

I safely on Thy bosom rest.

Lord Jesus Christ, my Saviour dear,

Thy saving hand is ever near.


Almighty God, for what I own,

Receive, and am, to Thee alone

I ought my thanks to render.

Teach me to use Thy gifts, I pray,

To aid the poor, and never stay,

O Lord, Thy mercies tender.

Make known to me, O God, Thy will,

And purge my soul of every ill;

Yea, make my patient and content,

Nor let my soul to earth be bent.

Lord Jesus Christ, for Thy death’s sake

The bonds of my affliction break.


Send, Lord, Thine angels forth at last

To bear my soul, when life is past,

Where heavenly joy aboundeth;

And let my weary body rest

In peace, where’er Thou seest best,

Until Thy voice resoundeth.

Then lo! in holy raiment clad,

I shall behold my Lord and God;

His grace and glory then shall be

My joy in all eternity,

Lord Jesus Christ, my prayer fulfill;

In life, in death, Thine am I still.

In Hope My Soul, Redeemed to Bliss Unending   1 comment

Calvary Cemetery, Queens

Above:  Calvary Cemetery, Queens, New York, New York, 2006

Image in the Public Domain

Danish Text (1645) by Elle Andersdotter (1600-1650?)

English Translation (Before 1899) by George Henry Trabert (1743-1931)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal and Order of Service (1925), The Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod


In hope my soul, redeemed to bliss unending,

To heaven’s glorious height by faith ascending,

Is mindful ever

That Christ did sever

The bonds of death, that I might live forever.


In Him I have salvation’s way discovered,

The heritage for me He hath recovered.

Though death o’ertakes me,

Christ ne’er forsakes me,

To everlasting life He surely wakes me.


More radiant there than sun e’er shone in brightness,

My soul shall shine before God’s throne in whiteness,

My God, who knows me,

In glory clothes me,

As He declared when for His own He chose me.


O may I come when strife and grief are ended,

Where all thy saints shall meet, with peace attended!

Lord, grant Thy favor

And mercy ever,

And turn my sorrow into joy forever.


Lord Jesus Christ, keep me prepared and waking,

Till from the vale of tears Thy bride Thou’rt taking

To dwell in heaven,

Where joy is given,

And clouds of darkness are forever riven.

Lord Jesus Christ, My Life, My Light   3 comments


Above:  Christ the Merciful

Image in the Public Domain

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

Original German Words (1610) by Martin Behm (1557-1622)

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


1.  Lord Jesus Christ, my life, my light,

My strength by day, my trust by night,

On earth I’m but a passing guest,

And sorely with my sins oppressed.

2.  Far off I see my fatherland,

Where through Thy grace I hope to stand,

But ere I reach that paradise,

A weary way before me lies.

3.  My heart sinks at the journey’s length,

My wasted flesh has little strength,

Only my soul still cries in me,

Lord, fetch me home, take me to Thee!

4.  O let Thy sufferings give me power

To meet the last and darkest hour;

Thy cross the staff whereon I lean,

My couch the grace where Thou hast been.

5.  Since Thou hast died, the pure, the just,

I take my homeward way in trust,

The gates of heaven, Lord, open wide,

When here I may no more abide.

6.  And when the last great day is come,

And Thou, our Judge, shalt speak the doom,

Let me with joy behold the light,

And set me then upon Thy right.

7.  Renew this wasted flesh of mine,

That like the sun it there may shine,

Among the angels pure and bright,

Yea, like Thyself in glorious light.

8.  Ah, then I have my heart’s desire,

When singing with the angels’ choir,

Among the ransomed of Thy grace,

For ever I behold Thy face!

In the Resurrection   2 comments

Trinity Church Yard

Above:  Trinity Church Yard, Stratford-on-Avon, England, Between 1890 and 1900

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsc-08870

An anonymous Slovakian hymn, 1674

English translation (1939) by John Bajus (1901-1971)

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America


1.  In the resurrection,

In the resurrection,

We do trust.

From the dust

Shall this body this hope we cherish–

Rise before God clothed in pure perfection.

Jesus, Lord,

Help afford;

Oh, save us lest we perish.

2.  Earth receives the mortal,

Earth receives the mortal.

Do not doubt this,

While is bliss,

Cleansed of sin and crowned with peace eternal,

There serenely rests the soul immortal.

Oh, rejoice,

Praises voice–

‘Tis saved from foes infernal.

3.  Such rest we shall enter,

Such rest we shall enter,

And then rise

To the skies

When the Savior’s call “Come forth” shall waken

Both the blessed dead and bold dissenter.

Lord of Life,

In our strife

Oh, leave us not forsaken!

4.  When we die, dear Savior,

When we die, dear Savior,

Grant, we pray,

On that day

That from sorrow Thou wilt lead in mercy

To the joy before Thy throne forever.

At Thy side,


Oh, may we ever praise Thee!

Thy Word, O God, Declareth   2 comments

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. OjŽda

Above:  Saint John on Patmos

Image in the Public Domain

Original German Words (1552) by Johann Walther (1496-1570)

English Translation (1910) by Alfred Ramsey (1860-1926)

Hymn Source = Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (1917), United Lutheran Church in America and its immediate predecessors


1.  Thy Word, O God, declareth

No man hath seen or heard

The joys our God prepareth

For them that love their Lord

Their eyes shall see Thy glory,

The face, Thy throne, Thy might;

With shouts shall they adore Thee,

The true, eternal Light.

2.  With Thee, their warfare ended,

Thy saints from earth released,

Shall keep, with glories splendid,

Eternal holy feast.

There shall Thy sons and daughters

The tree of life partake;

Shall drink the living waters;

And bread with Thee shall break.

3.  Thy constant praises sounding

Before Thy great white throne,

They all in joy abounding

Shall sing the song unknown:

Laud, honor, praise, thanksgiving

And glory ever be

To Thee, the Everlasting

And Blessed Trinity.