Jesus, Light of Joy

Author: David Gambrell

Rev. David Gambrell is associate for worship in the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship and editor of Call to Worship, and an ex officio advisor to the hymnal committee. Education: Ph.D., liturgical studies Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesus, light of joy, surround us
Title: Jesus, Light of Joy
Author: David Gambrell (2009)
Publication Date: 2013
Copyright: © 2011 David Gambrell (admin. Presbyterian Publishing Corp.)


The images of light in this text are drawn from the ancient Christian vesper hymn Phos hilaron, which dates from at least the 3rd century. (For other versions, see nos. 671 and 672.) That rather brief original hymn is augmented here in the third stanza by language based on the Sanctus.



John Goss (PHH 164) composed LAUDA ANIMA (Latin for the opening words of Psalm 103) for this text in 1868. Along with his original harmonizations, intended to interpret the different stanzas, the tune was also included in the appendix to Robert Brown¬¨ Borthwick's Supplemental Hymn and Tune Book (18…

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