According to thy gracious wordAuthor: James Montgomery (1825)
Published in 482 hymnals
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1 According to thy gracious word
in meek humility,
this will I do, my dying Lord,
I will remember thee.
2 Thy body, broken for my sake,
my bread from heaven shall be;
thy cup of blessing I will take,
and thus remember thee.
3 Can I Gethsemane forget
or there thy conflict see,
thine agony and bloody sweat,
and not remember thee?
4 When to the cross I tum mine eyes,
and rest on Calvary,
O Lamb of God, my sacrifice,
I must remember thee:
5 Remember thee, and all thy pains,
and all thy love to me;
yea, while a breath, a pulse remains,
will I remember thee.
6 And when these failing lips grow dumb,
and mind and memory flee,
when thou shalt in thy kingdom come,
then, Lord, remember me.
Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #420a
|First Line:||According to thy gracious word|
|Title:||According to Thy Gracious Word|
|Author:||James Montgomery (1825)|
|Liturgical Use:||Communion Songs|
st. 1 = Luke 22:19
st. 2 = 1 Cor. 11:24-25
st. 3 = Matt. 26:36-39, Luke 22:44
st. 4 = Isa. 53:6-7, John 1:29
st. 5 = Luke 23:42
One of the best-loved hymns of James Montgomery (PHH 72), "According to Thy Gracious Word" was published in six stanzas in The Christian Psalmist (1825) under the subtitle 'This do in remembrance of me," Jesus' words from Luke 22: 19. The Psalter Hymnal omits the original stanza 5.
Reflective and meditative, the text focuses on the memorial aspect of the Lord's Supper–each stanza concludes with the word remember. Our memory of Jesus can be taken two ways, of course: in the active sense, as in ancient liturgies and in the Reformation teachings of John Calvin; or in the passive sense, as in liturgies espoused by Ulrich Zwingli. Montgomery underlined "I will remember thee" in his manuscript, possibly indicating that he intended to promote the classic, active sense of anamnesis. (This untranslatable Greek word refers to the active way in which Christ is present with us in the Lord's Supper.) The text is strong and effective because of its biblical quotations and allusions (see Scripture references).
During the Lord's Supper as a meditative hymn; Lent; Holy Week; also makes a fine Passion hymn (without st. 2).
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
According to Thy gracious word. J. Montgomery. [Holy Communion.] No copy of this hymn is preserved in the "Montgomery manuscript." Its first publication was in the author's Christian Psalmist, 1825, p. 405, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines with the motto “This do in remembrance of Me." From its first appearance it has been one of the most popular of hymns for "Holy Communion," and is found in most modern collections of a moderate type. Usually, however, st. ii. 1. 2, which reads: “Thy testamental cup I take” is altered to "The cup, Thy precious Blood, I take," as in Taring's Collection, No. 524, or, “I’ll take," as in the Salisbury Hymn Book, 1857, and Kennedy, 1863, No. 650. In 1853 it was republished by Montgomery in his Original Hymns, No. 129. In common with Montgomery's hymns it has no doxology. That usually found with it, "To Thee, O Jesus, Light of Light, All praise and glory be," &c, is from the Salisbury Hymn Book, 1857. In Hedge & Huntington's Unitarian Hymns of the Church, Boston, U, S. A., 1853, No. 388, "Gethsemane, can I forget?" is composed of stanzas iii., ii., iv., v. of this hymn.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 23 of 23)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #278||According to Thy gracious word||According to Thy Gracious Word||DUNDEE||James Montgomery, 1771-1854||CM||1994||Communion | ; Jesus Christ | Crucifixion & Death; Lord's Supper ||
|Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #420a||According to thy gracious word||BANGOR||James Montgomery (1771-1854)||CM||Mark 14:12-40; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26||2013||Church year | Passiontide; Church Year | Good Friday; Holy Communion | ; Jesus | names and images for|
|Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #420b||According to thy gracious word||SONG 67||James Montgomery (1771-1854)||CM||Mark 14:12-40; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26||2013||Church year | Passiontide; Church Year | Good Friday; Holy Communion | ; Jesus | names and images for|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #372||According to Thy gracious Word||According to Thy Gracious Word||AVON||James Montgomery||126.96.36.199.(C.M.)||1 Corinthians 11:24||1991|
|Chalice Hymnal #402||According to thy gracious Word||According to Thy Gracious Word||DUNDEE||James Montgomery||CM||1 Corinthians 11:23-26||1995||The Church at Worship | The Lord's Supper; God's Church | The Church at Worship: The Lord's Supper; Lord's Supper ||
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #396||According to thy gracious word||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #668||According to thy gracious word||BALLERMA||James Montgomery (1771-1854)||CM||1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 1:29; John 1:36; John 6:32-33; John 14:21; Luke 22:14-20; Luke 22:39-44; Luke 23:42-43; Mark 14:22-25; Mark 14:32-40; Matthew 26:26-29; Matthew 26:36-39||2005||The Church Celebrates | Holy Communion; Christ Incarnate | Passion and Death; Lent | ; Jesus | cross|
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #276a||According to thy gracious word||BANGOR||James Montgomery, 1771-1854||CM||1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Ecclesiastes 12:1; John 1:29; Luke 22:39-46; Luke 23:33; Luke 23:42; Matthew 26:36-46||2000||Holy Communion ||
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #276b||According to thy gracious word||SONG 67||James Montgomery, 1771-1854||CM||1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Ecclesiastes 12:1; John 1:29; Luke 22:39-46; Luke 23:33; Luke 23:42; Matthew 26:36-46||2000||Holy Communion ||
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #520||According to Thy gracious word||According to Thy Gracious Word||MARTYRDOM||James Montgomery, 1771-1854||CM||1 Corinthians 11:24||2007||Church | ; Lord's Supper | ; Redemption | ; Salvation ||
|Moravian Book of Worship #422||According to thy gracious word||According to Thy Gracious Word||HAB DANK, O JESU||James Montgomery||C.M.||Luke 2:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32||1995||Holy Communion | ; Christ--Sacrifice of | ; Christ--Substitute, our ||
|Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #158||According to Thy gracious word||According to Thy Gracious Word||ARLINGTON||James Montgomery||1979||The Church | The Lord's Supper|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #298||According to thy gracious word||According to Thy Gracious Word||BANGOR||James Montgomery||CM||Luke 22:19-20; Luke 23:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Corinthians 11:26||1987||Biblical Names & Places | Calvary; Biblical Names & Places | Gethsemane; Lord's Supper ||
|Small Church Music #1350||According to Thy gracious Word||Bedford||BEDFORD||James Montgomery||188.8.131.52|
|Small Church Music #2007||According to Thy gracious Word||Dalehurst||DALEHURST||James Montgomery|
|Small Church Music #2495||According to Thy gracious Word||Abbey||ABBEY||James Montgomery||184.108.40.206|
|The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #463||According to Thy gracious Word||I Will Remember Thee||MANOAH||James Montgomery||C.M.||1997||Christ | Atonement, Crucifixion, Suffering and Death; The Living Church | Communion|
|The Cyber Hymnal #25||According to Thy gracious word||According to Thy Gracious Word||MARTYRDOM||James Montgomery||CM||<cite>Christian Psalmist</cite>, 1825|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #321||According to Thy gracious word||According to Thy Gracious Word||MANOAH||James Montgomery||C.M.||1986||Lord's Supper | ; Word of God ||
|The New English Hymnal #270||According to thy gracious word||BANGOR||James Montgomery, 1771-1854||CM||1986||Sacraments and Other Rites | Holy Communion; Maundy Thursday ||
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #515a||According to thy gracious word||BALLERMA||James Montgomery, 1771-1854||86.86||1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Luke 22:14-23||1999||Christ's Sacrifice | ; Death | ; Devotion | ; Jesus Christ | Humilation; Lamb of God | ; Personal Response to Jesus | ; Redemption | ; Suffering ||
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #515b||According to thy gracious word||BANGOR||James Montgomery, 1771-1854||86.86||1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Luke 22:14-23||1999||Christ's Sacrifice | ; Death | ; Devotion | ; Jesus Christ | Humilation; Lamb of God | ; Personal Response to Jesus | ; Redemption | ; Suffering ||
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #423||According to thy gracious word||According to Thy Gracious Word||DALEHURST||James Montgomery||C.M.||Luke 22:19||1990||Christ | Suffering of|