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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Ascensiontide hymn #6

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

The tune Salva Festa Dies is well known, and is attached to three hymns, all with the same title, Hail Thee, Festival Day, on each for Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost. It is a strong, triumphal tune, which could be sung a capella, though I would not recommend it.  I was once in a parish which did this, and it did not go well.

 

It is based on a latin text by  Venantius Honorius Fortunatus, author of such beloved texts as Sing My Tongue, The Glorious Battle and Thirty Years Among Us Dwelling. Fortunatus, for the record, wrote a body of poetry, which would should check out, if you haven’t previously. The music was composed by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Anglican musician extraordinaire.

 

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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.

Hymnary.com 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).

 

Ascension

Llanfair

 

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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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