How blessed is this place, O Lord

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1 How blessed is this place, O Lord,
Where thou art worshiped and adored;
In faith we here an altar raise
To thy great glory, God of praise!

2 Here let thy sacred fire of old
Descend to kindle spirits cold;
And may our prayers, when here we bend,
Like incense sweet to thee ascend.

3 Here gather us around thy board
To keep the feast with thee, dear Lord,
And when in faith our souls draw near,
May we discern thy presence here.

4 Here let the weary one find rest,
The troubled heart thy comfort blest,
The guilty soul a sure retreat,
The sinner pardon at thy feet.

4 Here thine angelic spirits send
Their solemn praise with ours to blend,
And grant the vision, inly given,
Of this thy house, the gate of heaven.


Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #241

Author: Ernest Edwin Ryden

Ernest Edwin Ryden is a distinguished Lutheran clergyman who has been a life-long student of hymns. At present he is pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church in North Grosvenordale, Connecticut. This is the latest of a long series of services he has rendered in the Lutheran Church. For twenty-seven years he was editor of "The Lutheran Companion," the official organ of the former Augustana Lutheran Church. His contributions to hymnody were many. He was a member of the Committee which created the Augustana Hymnal of 1925 to which he contributed eight original hymns and translations. He was co-editor of the Junior Hymnal for which he wrote a number of hymns. He was secretary of the committee which prepared the Service Book and Hymnal. Here again he h… Go to person page >

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First Line: How blessed is this place, O Lord
Author: Ernest Edwin Ryden
Language: English
Copyright: Sts. 1-3 © Board of Publication, Lutheran Church in America; St. 4 © 1958 Service Book and Hymnal




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