Christ Is the World's Redeemer

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1 Christ is the world’s Redeemer,
The lover of the pure,
The fount of heav'nly wisdom,
Our trust and hope secure,
The armor of His soldiers,
The Lord of earth and sky;
Our health while we are living,
Our life when we shall die.

2 Christ has our host surrounded
With clouds of martyrs bright,
Who wave their palms in triumph
And fire us for the fight.
This Christ the cross ascended
To save a world undone,
And, suff'ring for the sinful,
Our full redemption won.

3 Down in the realms of darkness
He strode in victory,
And at the hour appointed
He rose triumphantly.
And now, to heav'n ascended,
He sits upon the throne
Whence He had ne'er departed,
His Father's and His own.

4 Glory to God the Father,
The unbegotten One;
All honor be to Jesus,
His sole begotten Son,
And to the Holy Spirit--
The perfect Trinity.
Let all the worlds give answer:
Amen! So let it be.

Source: Lutheran Service Book #539

Author (attr.): St. Columba

Saint Columba (Irish: Colm Cille, 'church dove'; 7 December 521 – 9 June 597) was an Irish abbot and missionary credited with spreading Christianity in present-day Scotland. He founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries. He is the Patron Saint of Derry. He was highly regarded by both the Gaels of Dál Riata and the Picts, and is remembered today as a Christian saint and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. Columba reportedly studied under some of Ireland's most prominent church figures and founded several monasteries in the country. Around 563 he and his twelve companions sailed to Iona in Scotland, then part of the Irish kingdom of Dál Riata, where th… Go to person page >

Translator: Duncan MacGregor

Born: September 18, 1854, Fort Augustus, Scotland. Died: October 8, 1923. MacGregor attended the parish school in Dunnichen, Forfarshire, and Aberdeen University. He was licensed by the Presbytery of Aberdeen in 1877 and worked as a missionary in Drumoak, Kincardine O’Neil, North Isles, Orkney, and Gardenstown. In 1881, he was ordained and became a minister in Inverallochy. He is remembered as a Gaelic scholar, liturgiologist, and poet.  Go to person page >





The tune FARMER is marked by dramatically ascending melodic phrases and energetic rhythms in its opening lines. Sing in harmony throughout, possibly reserving unison for the third stanza. Use solid organ accompaniment; accompany with brass if possible. Presumably, the source of FARMER is John Farmer…

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #450Text
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #219
Lutheran Service Book #539TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #271Text
Rejoice in the Lord #337TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #1046Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #875TextScoreAudio
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #192
Include 4 pre-1979 instances