Ascensiontide hymn #5

The fourth in a series of seven posts on Ascensiontide music.

Yesterday morning at Mass we sang a well known hymn, Alleluia, Sing to Jesus. Most often sung to the tune Hyfrydol, it was written not by William Chatterton Dix, a surgeon from Bristol, England, in 1866. It is quite appropriate for Ascentiontide, as Hymnary notes:


When a friend moves away or leaves us for a long time, our first response is to feel sad and lonely. In this hymn, however, Dix reminds us that though Christ physically left earth in the ascension, he does not leave us “as orphans”, but rather remains with us always, all the while interceding for us to the Father. And so we raise our voices to cry “Alleluia!” to the ascended, yet ever-present Christ.


1 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!
His the scepter, his the throne;
Alleluia! His the triumph,
his the victory alone.
Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion
thunder like a mighty flood.
Jesus, out of every nation,
has redeemed us by his blood.

2 Alleluia! Not as orphans
are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us;
faith believes nor questions how.
Though the cloud from sight received him
when the forty days were o’er,
shall our hearts forget his promise,
“I am with you evermore”?

3 Alleluia! Heavenly High Priest,
here on earth our help, our stay;
Alleluia! Hear the sinful
cry to you from day to day.
Intercessor, friend of sinners,
earth’s Redeemer, hear our plea,
where the songs of all the sinless
sweep across the crystal sea.

4 Alleluia! King eternal,
you the Lord of lords we own:
Alleluia! born of Mary,
earth your footstool, heaven your throne:
you within the veil, have entered,
robed in flesh, our great High Priest:
by your Spirit, left us heavenward,
in the Eucharistic feast!

Ascensiontide hymn #4

The third in a series of seven posts on Ascensiontide music.

The introit for the Feast of the Ascension has been a favorite of several priests I have known. I rather like it myself.

Viri Galilaei

Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? alleluia: in like manner as ye have seen him going up into heaven, so shall he come again, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Psalm 47. O clap your hands together, all ye people: O sing unto God with the voice of melody.

Here it is in Latin.



Ascensiontide hymns #1 and #2

The first in a series of seven (would be eight, but it’s seven since it’s the day after Ascension) posts on Ascensiontide music.


My favorite Ascentiontide hymn is Hail The Day That Sees Him Rise. I discovered yesterday as we were processing in for Mass that there is a second tune. Having searched on youtube, I realized that one tune is used far more often than the other. I must admit that the tune Ascension is growing on me, though I think for ease of singing I would probably use Llanfair as the default tune. (You can buy the Llanfair version in The Complete New English Hymnal. has the following note:

Considered to be the most popular of all Ascension texts in English-language worship, “Hail the Day” was written by Charles Wesley (PHH 267) in ten stanzas and published in his Hymns and Sacred Poems (1739). Thomas Cotterill (b. Cannock, Staffordshire, England, 1779; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1823) altered the text and published his version in Selection of Psalms and Hymns (1820); the “alleluias” were added in George White’s Hymns and Introits (1852). Included here with further alterations are original stanzas 1, 2, 4, 6, and 10.

“Hail the Day” sings out its “alleluias” for Christ’s triumphal entry into glory after he accomplished his saving work on earth (st. 1-2) and for Christ’s work of interceding and preparing a place for his people (st. 3-4). The text concludes by hailing the great day when we shall rule with Christ (st. 5).





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Friday Link Salad

Things are still getting back on track, schedule wise. So, here’s another Friday Link Salad that’s a little short. I’ve got some regular posts back on for next week.

Blog Recap


Holy Orders Task Force Report

Update and Thoughts


Theological/Philosophical/and the like links


Perversion As Progress

Abolish Ordinary Time


Random News Articles I think are interesting 


Fed up with Penn Station? Build a transit hub in Queens

A Canadian Town Wanted a Transit System. It Hired Uber.


Books and things

York: The Shadow Cipher

Leaving Berlin: A Novel

Confessions of a New York Taxi Driver


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Holy Orders Task Force Report

The ACNA Holy Orders Task Force has completed its study and issued its final report. The Announcement may be read here, along with an admonition from their Archbishop:

As your Archbishop, I ask the following from you:

1) Don’t comment on the report until you have read it all.
2) Don’t comment on the report until you can fairly articulate the opposite point of view.
3) Remember that no decisions have been made at this time to pursue changing our
4) Remember that we are all followers of Jesus Christ on mission together, holding those
with the opposite point of view in Christian love and charity.
5) Lastly, sincerely pray for your bishops as we seek to serve Jesus Christ in this matter.


I think the Archbishop’s requests are reasonable. Though I’m not subject to his jurisdiction, I will go along and not comment here on this report until I’ve had a chance to read through it, though I won’t avoid the issue if it comes up.


Update and Thoughts

I haven’t put anything up on the blog this week. It’s not that I have nothing to say, indeed I have a lot to say (or rather, write). My grandmother died on Friday night. I’m doing the funeral and I’ve been focusing on that mostly, and family logistics, outside of my regular pastoral duties.

So, coming down the pipeline, I have some theological posts, one on the question of whether or not the ACNA Texts for Common Prayer is a successor to the 1979 Prayer Book or not, and another on The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

I’ve also got a book review coming for June, this one on The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. Not theological, but that’s part of the charm of this blog. 🙂

For now, I’ve put together a graveside funeral service, and I’m writing a homily. That’s the interesting part of it. Some, perhaps many, of those attending will be Pentecostal Holiness. The last funeral I preached, I made reference to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to John Chrysostom (specifically his Paschal homily), and to the sacraments. In this particular case, my challenge has been to stay true to my own convictions and catholic theology while at the same time making the sermon understandable and not off putting to those in attendance. In other words, how can I best preach to reach those present with the gospel? This might itself deserve a blog post.


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