Ascensiontide hymns #7 and #8

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

All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name was our processional hymn this past Sunday, the Sunday in the Octave of the Ascension as well as our opportunity for confirmations, of which we had 11. While it may be more immediately associated with the Feast of Christ the King, it is a good ascensiontide hymn  as well, for the mystery of Our Lord’s Kingship is very much a part of the ascension. N. T. Wright takes up this argument (and actually argues against a separate Feast of Christ the King) in his book, How God Became Kingand elsewhere. Aside from theological content, it was good for the occasion of a confirmation because it isn’t a hymn unknown to the general panoply of protestantism, and so many guests knew it as well.

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,
ye ransomed from the Fall,
hail Him who saves you by His grace,
and crown Him Lord of all.
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
and crown Him Lord of all.

….

Crown Him With Many Crowns is a similar hymn. 

1 Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne.
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless king
through all eternity.

2 Crown him the Lord of life,
who triumphed o’er the grave,
and rose victorious in the strife
for those he came to save;
his glories now we sing
who died and rose on high,
who died eternal life to bring,
and lives that death may die.

3 Crown him the Lord of love;
behold his hands and side,
rich wounds, yet visible above,
in beauty glorified;
no angels in the sky
can fully bear that sight,
but downward bends their burning eye
at mysteries so bright.

4 Crown him the Lord of years,
the potentate of time,
creator of the rolling spheres,
ineffably sublime.
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
for thou hast died for me;
thy praise shall never, never fail
throughout eternity.

 

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