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Thou Art Gone Up On High!   2 comments

Ascension of Christ

Above:  The Ascension of Christ

Image in the Public Domain

Text by Greville Phillimore (1821-1884)

Hymn Source = In Memoriam (1884)


Thou art gone up on high!

Why gaze they upwards there

Into the silent air,

That holy band?

Is it in grief, or doubt, or love

With eyes upturned to heaven

Wondering they stand?


Thou art gone up on high!

Yet to their weary sight,

Clothed as in heaven bright,

The angels came;

They bring the warning words below,

And His Apostles needs must go

Without Him home.


Thou art gone up on high!

Yet shall the Holy One

Not leave on earth alone

Whom He doth send;

These comfort, truth, and inward power,

Strengthen for the trial and the hour

Ever defend.


Thou art gone up on high!

Help us our souls to raise,

Upwards on Thee to gaze,

Strength to obtain;

So to go forth and do Thy will,

And reach at last that holy hill

Where Thou dost reign.


Posted September 7, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Easter 1800s

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Draw Us To Thee   3 comments

Icon of the Ascension

Above:  Icon of the Ascension, by Andrei Rublev

Image in the Public Domain

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

Original German Words (1686) by Friedrich Funcke (1642-1699)

English Translation (late 1800s) by August Crull (1845-1923)


1.  Draw us to Thee,

For then shall we

Walk in Thy steps forever

And hasten on

Where Thou art gone

To be with Thee, dear Savior.

2.  Draw us to Thee,

Lord, lovingly;

Let us depart with gladness

That we may be

Forever free

From sorrow, grief, and sadness.

3.  Draw us to Thee;

Oh, grant that we

May walk the road to heaven!

Direct our way

Lest we should stray

And from Thy paths be driven.

4.  Draw us to Thee

That also we

Thy heavenly bliss inherit

And ever dwell

Where sin and hell

No more can vex our spirit.

5.  Draw us to Thee


Into Thy kingdom take us;

Let us fore’er

Thy glory share,

Thy saints and joint heirs make us.

Lo, God to Heaven Ascendeth!   3 comments

Ascension of Christ Icon

Above:  Icon of the Ascension of Christ

Image in the Public Domain

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)


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.

A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing   2 comments


Above:  The Ascension

Image in the Public Domain

Original Latin Text by the Venerable Bede of Jarrow (673-735)

English Translation (1854) by Benjamin Webb (1819-1885)

Hymn Source = The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal (1942), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America


1.  A hymn of glory let us sing;

New songs throughout the world shall ring:

Christ, by a road before untrod,

Ascendeth to the throne of God.

2.  The holy apostolic band

Upon the Mount of Olives stand;

And with His followers they see

Jesus’ resplendent majesty.

3.  To whom the angels, drawing nigh,

“Why stand and gaze upon the sky?

This is the Saviour!” thus they say;

“This is His noble triumph-day.”

4.  “Again shall ye behold Him so

As ye today have seen Him go,

In glorious pomp ascending high,

Up to the portals of the sky.”

5.  Oh, grant us thitherward to tend

And with unwearied hearts ascend

Unto Thy kingdom’s throne, where Thou,

As is our faith, art seated now.

6.  Be Thou our Joy and strong Defense

Who art our future Recompense:

So shall the light that springs from Thee

Be ours through all eternity.

7.  O risen Christ, ascended Lord,

All praise to Thee let earth accord.

Who art, while endless ages run,

With Father and with Spirit One.

Thou Hast Gone Up Again   2 comments

Thou Hast Gone Up Again

Above:  Part of the Hymn

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1904), National Council of Congregational Churches of the United States

Words by Eliza Scudder, 1821-1896


1.  Thou hast gone up again,

Thou who didst first come down;

Thou hast gone up to reign,

Gone up from cross to crown.

Beyond the opening sky

No more thy face we see;

Yet draw our souls on high,

That we may dwell with thee.

2.  Up to those regions blest

Where faith has fullest sway,

Up to thine endless rest,

Up to thy cloudless day;

Up, up to where thou art,

Fount of unwasting love,

Up to thy mighty heart,

All its greatn power to prove.

3.  Not now for distant heaven

Or future life we pray:

Lord, let thy grace be given

To make us thine to-day.

Here hold us in thy hand,

Here by thy Spirit guide,

So shall our hearts ascend,

And still with thee abide.

Posted January 27, 2014 by neatnik2009 in Easter 1800s, The Pilgrim Hymnal (1904)

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Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates!   3 comments

Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

Above:  Part of the Hymn

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1916 (1918), Episcopalian

Original German Words (published in 1642) by Georg Weissel (1590-1635)

English Translation (1855) by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)


1.  Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates!

Behold, the King of glory waits;

The King of kings is drawing near;

The Saviour of the world is here.

2.  The Lord is just, a helper tried;

Mercy is ever at His side;

His kingly crown is holiness;

His scepter, pity in distress.

3.  O blest the land, the city blest,

Where Christ the Ruler is confessed!

O happy hearts and happy homes

To whom this King of triumph comes!

4.  Fling wide the portals of your heart!

Make it a temple, set apart

From earthly use for heaven’s employ,

Adorned with prayer and hope and joy.

5.  Redeemer, come!  I open wide

My heart to Thee:  here, Lord, abide!

Let me Thy inner presence feel:

Thy grace and love in me reveal.

6.  So come, my Sovereign! enter in!

Let new and nobler life begin!

Thy Holy Spirit, guide us on,

Until the glorious crown be won!

Rise, Glorious Conqueror, Rise   2 comments

Rise, Glorious Conqueror

Above:  Part of the Hymn

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1905), Methodist Episcopal Church and Methodist Episcopal Church, South

Words by Matthew Bridges (1800-1894)


1.  Rise, glorious Conqueror, rise

Into thy native skies;

Assume thy right;

And where in many a fold

The clouds are backward rolled,

Pass through those gates of gold,

And reign in light.

2.  Victor o’er death and hell,

Cherubic legions swell

The radiant train;

Praises all heaven inspire:

Each angel sweeps his lyre,

And claps his wings of fire,

Thou lamb once slain!

3.  Enter, incarnate God!

No feet but thine have trod

The serpent down:

Blow the full trumpets, blow,

Wider yon portals throw,

Saviour, triumphant, go,

And take thy crown!

4.  Lion of Judah, hail!

And let thy name prevail

From age to age:

Lord of the rolling years,

Claim for thine own the spheres,

For thou hast bought with tears

Thy heritage.

O Sing With Exultation   3 comments


Above:  Interior of the Church of the Ascension, Washington, D.C., Between 1910 and 1935

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-npcc-31156

Original Words (1623) by Anders Christensen Arrebo (1587-1637)

English Translation (1907) by Carl Doving (1867-1937)

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.  O sing with exultation,

Sing to the Lord, rejoice!

And in His congregation

Shout with triumphant voice!

For, lo, at God’s right hand

Is Christ in glory seated,

With death and hell defeated,

As victor He doth stand.

2.  Since Christ, our Lord, is living

We nevermore shall die;

To God the glory giving

We rise to Him on high;

Though chastened we may be,

And to our graves be taken,

We unto life shall waken

And live eternally.

3.  Christ is the sure foundation

The builders did reject,

But He for our salvation

Is precious and elect,

And made the cornerstone,

On which the church is founded,

This marvel now is sounded

The work of God alone.

4.  To Thee, O Christ, be glory,

Who camest in His name,

Thy people sing the story

Thy praises to proclaim;

We thank Thee and adore,

O Christ, Our Lord and Savior,

Thy grace and boundless favor

Stand fast forevermore.

Ascension of Christ   Leave a comment


Above:  Design Drawing for a Stained-Glass Window, “Ascension”

Created by J. & R. Lamb Studios Between 1950 and 1990

Image Source = Library of Congress



A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing:

O Sing With Exultation:

Ascension Day Prayers of Confession:

Alleluia!  Sing to Jesus:

Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise:

See the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph:

The Lord Ascendeth Up On High:

Rise, Glorious Conqueror, Rise:

Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates:

Thou Hast Gone Up Again:

Lo! God to Heaven Ascendeth:

Draw Us To Thee:

Thou Art Gone Up On High:


Posted May 14, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Easter 2000s

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The Lord Ascendeth Up On High   2 comments


Above:  Dome of Ascension, Olivet, Between 1934 and 1939

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-03258

Hymn Source = The Church Hymnary (1927)

Words by Arthur Tozer Russell (1806-1874), a priest of The Church of England


1.  The Lord ascendeth up on high,

The Lord hath triumphed gloriously,

In power and might excelling;

The grave and hell are captive led,

Lo! He returns, our glorious Head,

To His eternal dwelling.

2.  The heavens with joy receive their Lord,

By saints, by angel hosts adored;

O day of exultation!

O earth, adore thy glorious King!

His rising, His ascension sing

With grateful adoration!

3.  Our great High Priest hath gone before,

Now on His Church His grace to pour,

And still His love He giveth:

O may our hearts to Him ascend;

May all within us upward tend

To Him who ever liveth!