1 Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone,
chosen of the Lord and precious,
binding all the church in one;
holy Zion's help forever,
and our confidence alone.
2 To this temple, where we call you,
come, O Lord of hosts, and stay;
come, with all your loving-kindness;
hear your people as we pray,
and your fullest benediction
shed within these walls today.
3 Here bestow on all your servants
what they seek from you to gain;
what they gain from you, forever
with the blessed to retain;
and hereafter in your glory
evermore with you to reign.
4 Laud and honor to the Father,
laud and honor to the Son,
laud and honor to the Spirit,
ever three and ever one:
one in might and one in glory
while unending ages run!
|First Line:||Christ is made the sure foundation|
|Title:||Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation|
|Translator:||John Mason Neale (1851, alt.)|
|Scripture:||1 Kings 8:27-30; Psalm 18:6; Matthew 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; John 2:13-16; Acts 4:11; 1 Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:20-22; Colossians 1:18; 2 Timothy 2:12; 2 Timothy 2:19; 1 Peter 2:4-7; Revelation 21|
|Topic:||Christian Year: All Saints; The Church; Eternal Life3 more...|
|Source:||Latin, 7th cent.|
|Composer:||Henry Purcell (1680 c.)|
|Adapter:||Ernest Hawkins (1843)|
|Key:||G Major or modal|
|Notes:||(alternate tune: REGENT SQUARE). Guitar chords do not correspond with keyboard harmony.|
Although this ancient text has often been used at church dedications, the first stanza clearly refers to the people of God and the second to the place where they meet. The stately and soaring tune is aptly named for the edifice where the composer served as organist and is buried.
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