230. Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus

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Text Information
First Line: Since our great high priest, Christ Jesus
Title: Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus
Versifier: Christopher M. Idle (1973)
Meter: 87 87 77
Scripture: Philippians 2:6-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; Hebrews 12:1-2; Hebrews 4:16; Hebrews 12; Philippians 2:11; Hebrews 1:3-4; Hebrews 1:4
Topic: Intercession of Christ; Comfort & Encouragement; Suffering of Christ
Language: English
Copyright: © 1973, Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission
Tune Information
Name: ALL SAINTS (WEISSE FLAGGEN)
Meter: 87 87 77
Key: A Major
Source: Tochter Sion, Cologne, 1741


Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Heb. 4:14; 1:4
st. 2 = Heb. 4:15-16
st. 3 = Heb. 1:3-4; 12:2; 4:15
st. 4 = Heb. 12:2; 4:15

Based on several texts in the letter to the Hebrews–l: 3-4, 4:14-16 and 12:2–this song incorporates parts of the book's lengthy discussion about Jesus Christ as our High Priest and about his absolute supremacy and sufficiency as the Mediator of God's grace. Because we have such a Priest/Mediator, who identifies with our weaknesses but is without sin, we can confidently approach God's throne of grace and find help for our needs. Christopher M. Idle (PHH 20) wrote this song in London in 1971; it was first published in the British collection Psalm Praise (1973) as an Ascension canticle.

Liturgical Use:
Ascension Day; whenever the church focuses on Christ's role as High Priest and ascended Lord.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

Unfortunately, the name ALL SAINTS was given to this tune in the Psalter Hymnal, a confusing name since it has been assigned historically to several tunes, including this one. The first three phrases of this bright German chorale tune can be traced to an anonymous melody in a Catholic hymnal (Bamberg, 1732). The Catholic hymnal Tochter Sion (Cologne, 1741) set the text "Lasst die weissen Flaggen wehen" to another variant of this tune. That is the variant found in the Psalter Hymnal. Other contempo¬rary hymnals, for example Rejoice in the Lord (1985), name this version WEISSE FLAGGEN. William H. Monk (PHH 332) did yet another adaptation for Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861); that version, named ALL SAINTS, however, is not the one in the Psalter Hymnal ALL SAINTS–or WEISSE FLAGGEN–is a stately tune with a demanding harmony that a congregation or choir may want to sing in parts. A setting of this tune in B-flat is at 277.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


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