O Christ, our hope, our heart's desireTranslator: John Chandler (1837)
Published in 51 hymnals
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1 O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire,
redemption's only spring,
Creator of the world art thou,
its Savior and its King.
2 How vast the mercy and the love
which laid our sins on thee,
and led thee to a cruel death
to set thy people free.
3 But now the bands of death are burst,
the ransom has been paid;
and thou art on thy Father's throne,
in glorious robes arrayed.
4 O Christ, be thou our lasting joy,
our ever great reward;
our only glory may it be
to glory in the Lord!
5 All praise to you, ascended Lord;
all glory ever be
to Father, Son, and Spirit blest
through all eternity.
Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #828
|First Line:||O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire|
|Title:||O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart's Desire|
|Latin Title:||Jesu, nostra redemptio|
|Translator:||John Chandler (1837)|
|Source:||Latin, c. 8th cent|
st. 2 = 1 Pet. 2:24
st. 3 = 1 Tim. 2:6
st. 4 = 1 Pet. 1:8
Although manuscript copies do not appear until the eleventh century, the Latin source for this Ascension text ('Jesu, nostra redemptio, amor et desiderium") is thought to date from the seventh or eighth century. A five-stanza English translation by John Chandler was published in his Hymns of the Primitive Church (1837), and a doxology stanza was added later. Of those stanzas, 1-3 and 5 are included with a few word changes.
This short but comprehensive text honors Christ as creator of the world (st. 1); meditates on his love, which led to his atoning death (st. 2); voices our worship to the ascended Christ for his victory over death (st. 3); and offers our prayer to keep Christ central in our lives (st. 4).
John Chandler (b. Widey, Godalming, Surrey, England, 1806; d. Putney, Surrey, 1876) spent most of his life in Widey, where his father was the vicar. After theological studies at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, England, he assumed his father's position in Widey in 1837. Noting that many of the prayers of the Anglican Church were English translations of early Latin prayers, Chandler decided that the church should sing hymns from that era as well. Because he did not find many suitable English translations, he made his own and published them in The Hymns of the Primitive Church (1837) and, with revisions, in The Hymns of the Church, mostly Primitive (1841). Some of the Latin hymns he translated, however, were not as ancient as the words "Primitive Church" might suggest; he also included translations of hymns from the Paris Breviary (1736).
A hymn of response after the sermon; Easter; Ascension; many other worship services.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988
Jesu nostra redemptio, Amor et desiderium. [Ascension.] This fine hymn is probably of the 7th or 8th century. It is found in three manuscripts of the 11th century, in the British Museum, two of the English Church (Vesp. D. xii. f. 69; Jul. A. vi. f. 48 &.), and one of the ancient Spanish Church (Add. 30848, f. 153 fc.); in the St. Gall MS. No. 387, of the 11th century; in a manuscript cir. 1064, in Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (No. 391, page 247); and in the Latin Hymns of the Anglo-Saxon Church, 1851, L83, is printed from an 11th century manuscript at Durham (B. iii. 32, f. 24 6). It is in the old Roman (Venice, 1478), Sarum, York, Aberdeen, and many other Breviaries. The printed text in also in Daniel, I, No. 56; Mone, No. 173; J. Chandler's Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837; and Card. Newman's Hymni Ecclesiae, 1838 and 1865. The use of Sarum was at Compline from the vigil of the Ascension to Whitsuntide; that of York at Lauds; and the Roman at Vespers. In the revised Roman Breviary of 1632 it begins, Salutis humanae Sator. This is repeated in J. Chandler's Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837, No. 71, and Card. Newman's Hymni Ecclesiae, 1838 and 1865. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
This hymn has been translation in both its original and in the Roman Breviary forms, as follows:—
i. Jesu nostra redemptio. The translations in common use are:—
1. 0 Christ, our hope, our heart's desire. By J. Chandler, in his Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837, p. 83. This translation is the most popular of any of this hymn. In addition to being in common use in the original translation in some collections it was altered by the compilers of Hymns Ancient & Modern in 1861 to "Jesu, our hope, our heart's desire" (again altered in lines 2-4 of stanza i. in 1875), and in the Hymnary, 1872, to "O Jesu, our Redemption, Love." The Hymnary text is rewritten in L.M., and is much altered throughout.....
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 14 of 14)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #414||O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart's Desire||O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire||MANOAH||John Chandler||22.214.171.124.(C.M.)||Colossians 1:27||1991||Latin Hymn, c. 8th Century|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #673||O Christ our hope, our heart’s desire||O Christ our hope, our heart’s desire||2000|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #397||O Christ, Our Hope, Our Hearts' Desire||O Christ, our hope, our hearts' desire||LOBT GOTT, IHR CHRISTEN||J. Chandler, 1806-76||86 866||1996||Promised Comforter | ; Easter 7 |||Latin, c. 8th cent.|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #604||O Christ, Our Hope||O Christ, our hope, our hearts' desire||LOBT GOTT, IHR CHRISTEN||John Chandler, 1806-1876||8 6 8 6 6||2006||Confession, Forgiveness | ; Grace, Faith | ; Ascension | ; Easter |||Latin hymn, c. 8th cent.|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #828||O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart's Desire||O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire||MANOAH||John Chandler, 1806-1876||126.96.36.199||1 Peter 1:8; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Timothy 2:6||2013||Church Year | Ascension; Jesus Christ | Hope; Elements of Worship | Lord's Supper||Latin hymn, ca. 8th c.|
|Lutheran Service Book #553||O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart's Desire||O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire||ICH SINGE DIR||John Chandler, 1806-1876||C M||Colossians 1:5; Colossians 1:20-27; Hebrews 1:2; 1 Peter 2:24||2006||Redeemer |||Latin, c. 5th-10th cent.|
|Lutheran Worship #151||O Christ, Our Hope||O Christ, our hope, our hearts' desire||ICH SINGE DIR||John Chandler, 1806-76||CM||1982||Ascension | ; Aspiration |||Latin hymn, c. 8th cent.|
|Moravian Book of Worship #374||O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart's Desire||O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire||LOBT GOTT, IHR CHRISTEN||John Chandler||C.M.||Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Peter 1:3-15||1995||Ascension | ; Christian year--Ascension | ; Justification | ; Redemption of humankind | ; Salvation |||Latin, 8th cent.|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #485||O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart's Desire||O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire||MANOAH||John Chandler||CM||1 Peter 1:8; 1 Peter 1||1987||Ascension & Reign of Christ | ; King, God/Christ as | ; Redemption | ; Lord's Supper | ; Salvation |||Latin, c. 8th cent|
|Small Church Music #1851||Ich Singe Dir||O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire||ICH SINGE DIR||John Chandler||188.8.131.52|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #198||O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire||O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire||St. Anne||2006|
|The Cyber Hymnal #4745||O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart's Desire||O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire||BRADFORD||Anonymous; John Chandler||CM||<cite>Hymns of the Primitive Church</cite>, 1837|
|The New English Hymnal #129||O Christ, our hope, our hearts' desire||O Christ, our hope, our hearts' desire||METZLER'S REDHEAD NO 66||John Chandler, 1808-76||CM||1986||The Christian Year | Ascensiontide; Office Hymn | Compline; Christ the King |||Latin c. 8th century|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #161||O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart's Desire||O Christ, our hope, our heart's desire||BRADFORD||John Chandler||C.M.||Luke 1:78||1990||Jesus Christ | The Only Mediator and Redeemer; Christ | Conqueror; Christ | Creator; Christ | Love and Grace of; Death | Conquered; Preparatory Service |||Latin hymn, 7th or 8th cent.|