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Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #130

Author: Brian A. Wren

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First Line: Christ, upon the mountain peak
Title: Christ Upon the Mountain Peak
Author: Brian A. Wren (1962, 1988)
Language: English
Notes: This transfiguration text by contemporary English poet Brian Wren is here united with a new tune written especially for this supplement by Theodore Beck, long-time professor at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska.
Copyright: © 1977, rev. 1995 Hope Publishing Company; © 1977 by Hope Publishing Company All rights reserved. Used by permission.; (C) 1977 Hope Publishing Co.


Scripture References:
st. = Luke 9:28-36

Brian Wren (PHH 311) wrote this text at Mansfield College, Oxford, England, in 1962. Published in the British supplement 100 Hymns for Today (1959), "Christ, upon the Mountain Peak" was the second hymn text that Wren wrote.

The text is based on the gospel story of Christ's transfiguration from Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, and Luke 9:28-36. Powerfully poetic, the text not only captures something of the awe in the event–we share in the awe as we sing "Alleluia"–but also presents a cosmic picture: the saints, angels, prophets, all nations, and the whole creation bring praise to the true Son of God! In the style of the transfiguration celebration in the Eastern Orthodox Church, the entire focus is on Christ, the Alpha and Omega (st. 4).

Liturgical Use:
In worship services that focus on the transfiguration (at the end of the Epiphany season or early in Lent); useful at other occasions that emphasize the cosmic awe proper before God's beloved Son.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



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