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Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown   1 comment

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Above:  The Ascension of Christ

Image Created Circa 1873

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-pga-01968

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1940, of The Episcopal Church

Words (1739), by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), a priest of The Church of England


1.  Hail the day that sees him rise.  Alleluia!

Glorious to his native skies; Alleluia!

Christ, awhile to mortals given, Alleluia!

Enters now the highest heaven!  Alleluia!

2.  There the glorious triumph waits; Alleluia!

Lift your heads, eternal gates!  Alleluia!

Wide unfold the radiant scene; Alleluia!

Take the King of glory in!  Alleluia!

3.  See!  he lifts his hands above; Alleluia!

See! he shows the prints of love:  Alleluia!

Hark! his gracious lips bestow, Alleluia!

Blessings on his Church below.  Alleluia!

4.  Lord beyond our mortal sight, Alleluia!

Raise our hearts to reach thy height, Alleluia!

There thy face unclouded see, Alleluia!

Find our heaven of heavens in thee.  Alleluia!

Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending   2 comments

Above:  Second Coming Icon

Image Source = Wikipedia

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1965), of The Methodist Church

Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788)


1.  Lo, he comes with clouds descending,

Once for favored sinners slain;

Thousand, thousand saints attending

Swell the triumph of his train;

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

God appears on earth to reign,

God appears on earth to reign.

2.  Every eye shall now behold him,

Robed in dreadful majesty;

Those who set at naught and sold him,

Pierced and nailed him to the tree,

Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,

Shall the true Messiah see,

Shall the true Messiah see.

3.  The dear tokens of his passion

Still his dazzling body bears;

Cause of endless exultation

To his ransomed worshipers;

With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture,

Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Gaze we on those glorious scars!

4.  Yea, Amen! Let all adore thee,

High on thy eternal throne;

Savior, take the power and glory,

Claim the kingdom for thine own;

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Everlasting God, come down!

Everlasting God, come down!

Charles Wesley   Leave a comment

Above:  Charles Wesley

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Charles Wesley (1707-1788), an Anglican priest, was one of the greatest and most prolific of English hymn writers.


Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies:

O Thou, Who Camest From Above:

Let Saints on Earth in Concert Sing:

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus:

Glory, Love, and Praise, and Honor:

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling:

Come Away to the Skies, My Beloved:

Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending:

Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown:


Posted September 4, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Sources We

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Come Away to the Skies, My Beloved   5 comments

Resurrection Icon

Image Source = Wikipedia

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), a priest of The Church of England


1.  Come away to the skies,

my beloved, arise

and rejoice in the day thou wast born;

on this festival day,

come exulting away,

and with singing to Zion return.

2.  Now with singing and praise,

let us spend all the days,

by our heavenly Father bestowed,

while his grace we receive

from his bounty, and live

to the honor and glory of God.

3.  For the glory we were

first created to share,

both the nature

and kingdom divine!

Now created again

that our lives may remain,

throughout time and eternity thine.

4.  We with thanks do approve

the design of that love

which hath joined us to Jesus’ Name;

so united in heart,

let us nevermore part,

till we meet at the feast of the Lamb.

5.  Hallelujah we sing,

to our Father and King,

and his rapturous praises, repeat:

to the Lamb that was slain,

hallulujah again,

sing, all heaven, and fall at his feet.

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling   1 comment

Christ as the Good Shepherd, Ravenna, Italy

Image Source = Wikipedia

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), a priest of The Church of England


1.  Love divine, all loves excelling,

joy of heaven, to earth come down,

fix in us thy humble dwelling,

all thy faithful mercies crown.

Jesus, thou art all compassion,

pure, unbounded love thou art;

visit us with thy salvation,

enter every trembling heart.

2.  Come, almighty to deliver,

let us all thy life receive;

suddenly return, and never,

nevermore thy temples leave.

Thee we would be always blessing,

serve thee as thy hosts above,

pray, and praise thee without ceasing,

glory in thy perfect love.

3.  Finish then thy new creation;

pure and spotless let us be;

let us see thy great salvation

perfectly restored in thee:

changed from glory into glory,

till in heaven we take our place,

till we cast our crowns before thee,

lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Glory, Love, and Praise, and Honor   3 comments

Episcopal Church of the Common Ground, Atlanta, Georgia, May 16, 2010

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


The mission of the Church of the Common Ground is to work with homeless people.

Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), a priest of The Church of England

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

The Hymnal 1982 Companion states that the Standing Commission of Church Music changed one word:  “meet” to “right” at the end of the first verse.  I have restored the text to its original form.

“It is right and meet so to do.”–The Book of Common Prayer (1979)–Holy Eucharist, Rite One, page 333


1.  Glory, love, and praise, and honor for our food

now bestowed render we the Donor.

Bounteous God, we now confess thee:

God, who thus blessest us, right it is to bless thee.

2.  Thankful for our every blessing,

let us sing Christ the Spring, never, never ceasing.

Source of all our gifts and graces,

Christ we own; Christ alone calls for all our praises.

3.  He dispels our sin and sadness,

life imparts, cheers our hearts, fills with food and gladness.

Who himself for all hath given,

as he feeds, us he leads to a feast in heaven.

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus   2 comments

Adoration of the Shepherds, by Georges de La Tour, circa 1644

Image Source = Wikipedia

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), a priest of The Church of England


1.  Come, thou long-expected Jesus,

born to set thy people free;

from our fears and sins release us,

let us find our rest in thee.

2.  Israel’s strength and consolation,

hope of all the earth thou art;

dear desire of every nation,

joy of every longing heart.

3.  Born thy people to deliver,

born a child, and yet a king,

born to reign in us for ever,

now thy gracious kingdom bring.

4.  By thine own eternal Spirit

rule in all our hearts alone;

by thine all-sufficient mercy

raise us to thy glorious throne.

Let Saints on Earth in Concert Sing   4 comments

The Communion of Saints

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Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1916 (1918), of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, now called simply The Episcopal Church

Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), a priest of the Church of England


1.  Let saints on earth in concert sing

With those whose work is done;

For all the servants of our King

In heaven and earth are one.

2.  One family we dwell in him,

One Church, above, beneath,

Though now divided by the stream,

The narrow stream of death.

3.  One army of the living God

To his command we bow;

Part of the host have crossed the flood,

And part are crossing now.

4.  E’en now by faith we join our hands

With those that went before,

And grant the ever-living bands

On the eternal shore.

5.  Jesus, be thou our constant Guide;

Then, when the word is given,

Bid Jordan’s narrow stream divide,

And bring us safe to heaven.

Posted November 9, 2010 by neatnik2009 in Church Triumphant, The Hymnal 1916 (1918)

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O Thou, Who Camest From Above   3 comments

Christ Pantocrator

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Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1905), of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1784-1939) and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1845-1939)

Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), a priest of the Church of England


1.  O Thou, who camest from above,

The pure celestial fire to impart,

Kindle a flame of sacred love

On the mean altar of my heart!

2.  There let it for thy glory burn,

With inextinguishable blaze,

And trembling to its source return,

In humble love and fervent praise.

3.  Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire,

To work, and speak, and think, for thee;

Still let me guard the holy fire,

And still stir up thy gift in me;

4.  Ready for all thy perfect will,

My acts of faith and love repeat,

Till death thy endless mercies seal,

And make the sacrifice complete.