Hymns for 21st May, Ascension Day

 

 228 Hail the day that sees him rise

 

Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia, 
to his throne beyond the skies; Alleluia, 
Christ, the Lamb for sinners given, Alleluia, 
enters now the highest heaven. Alleluia!

 

There for him high triumph waits; 
lift your heads, eternal gates. 
He hath conquered death and sin; 
take the King of Glory in.

 

Lo, the heaven its Lord receives, 
yet he loves the earth he leaves; 
though returning to his throne, 
still he calls mankind his own.

 

See, he lifts his hands above;

see, he shews the prints of love;

hark, his gracious lips bestow

blessings on his church below.

 

Still for us he intercedes, 
his prevailing death he pleads; 
near himself prepares our place, 
he the first-fruits of our race.

 

Lord, though parted from our sight,

far above the starry height,

grant our hearts may thither rise,

seeking thee above the skies.

 

CHARLES WESLEY (1707-1788)

THOMAS COTTERILL (1779-1823) and others

 

193 All heaven declares

 

All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord.

Who can compare with the beauty of the Lord?

Forever he will be the Lamb upon the throne;

I gladly bow the knee and worship him alone.

 

I will proclaim the glory of the risen Lord,

who once was slain to reconcile the world to God.

Forever you will be the Lamb upon the throne;

I gladly bow the knee and worship you alone.

 

NOEL RICHARDS (b.1955)

and TRICIA RICHARDS (b.1960)

 

  

453 Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour

 

Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour

first-begotten from the dead,

thou alone, our strong defender,

liftest up thy people’s head.

Alleluia, alleluia,

Jesu, true and living bread.

 

Here our humblest homage pay we,

here in loving reverence bow;

here for faith’s discernment pray we,

lest we fail to know thee now.

Alleluia, alleluia,

thou art here, we ask not how.

 

Though the lowliest form doth veil thee

as of old in Bethlehem,

here as there thine angels hail thee,

branch and flower of Jesse’s stem.

Alleluia, alleluia,

we in worship join with them.

 

Paschal Lamb, thine offering, finished

once for all when thou wast slain,

in its fullness undiminished

shall for evermore remain,

Alleluia, alleluia,

cleansing souls from every stain.

 

Life-imparting heavenly manna,

stricken rock with streaming side,

heaven and earth with loud hosanna

worship thee, the Lamb who died,

Alleluia, alleluia,

risen, ascended, glorified!

 

GEORGE HUGH BOURNE (1840-1925)

 

 

676 Immortal, invisible

 

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,

in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,

most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,

almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

 

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,

nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;

thy justice like mountains high soaring above

thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

 

To all life thou givest, to both great and small;

in all life thou livest, the true life of all;

we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,

and wither and perish; but naught changeth thee.

 

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,

thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;

all laud we would render: O help us to see

‘tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.

 

WALTER CHALMERS SMITH (1824-1908)