Rejoice, rejoice, believers! And let your lights appearAuthor: Laurentius Laurenti (1700); Translator: Sarah B. Findlater (1854)
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1 Rejoice, rejoice, believers,
and let your lights appear;
the evening is advancing,
And darker night is near.
The Bridegroom is arising
and soon is drawing nigh.
Up, pray and watch and wrestle;
at midnight comes the cry.
2 The watchers on the mountain
proclaim the Bridegroom near;
go forth as he approaches,
with alleluias clear.
The marriage feast is waiting;
The gates wide open stand.
Arise, O heirs of glory;
The Bridegroom is at hand.
3 The saints, who here in patience
their cross and sufferings bore,
shall live and reign forever
when sorrow is no more.
Around the throne of glory
The Lamb they shall behold;
in triumph cast before him
their diadems of gold.
4 Our hope and expectation,
O Jesus, now appear;
arise, O Sun so longed for,
o'er this benighted sphere.
With hearts and hands uplifted
we plead, O Lord, to see
the day of earth's redemption
that sets your people free!
Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #477
|First Line:||Rejoice, rejoice, believers! And let your lights appear|
|Title:||Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers|
|German Title:||Ermuntert euch, ihr Frommen|
|Translator:||Sarah B. Findlater (1854)|
|Author:||Laurentius Laurenti (1700)|
st. 1-2 = Matt. 25:1-13
Considered to be one of the finest hymn writers of the Pietistic period, Laurentius Laurenti wrote this text based on the parable of the wise and foolish maidens (Matt. 25: 1-13; see also 613). Stanzas 1 and 2 focus on the expected coming of the bridegroom; stanza 3 is a prayer for Christ's return to complete the work of redemption and to set his people free.
Born Lorenz Lorenzen (b. Husum, Schleswig, Germany, 1660; d. Bremen, Germany, 1722) in Schleswig (which at various times has been ruled by Denmark), Laurenti studied at the University of Rostock and in Kiel. In 1684 he moved to Bremen, where he was appointed music director and cantor in the Lutheran Cathedral Church. A well known writer of German hymns in the Pietist tradition, Laurenti based most of his hymn texts on the gospel lessons for the church year. They were published in Evangelia Melodica (1700).
Sarah Borthwick Findlater (b. Edinburgh, Scotland, 1823; d. Torquay, England, 907) translated the text into English and published it in Hymns from the Land of Luther (1854), a collection of 122 hymns translated by her (53 hymns) and her sister Jane Orthwick. Findlater was a fine linguist; as a translator of German chorales, she is considered second only to Catherine Winkworth (PHH 194). Findlater's husband, Eric John, was a pastor in the Free Church of Scotland in Lochearnhead, Perthshire. The Findlater parsonage was known as being literate and hospitable.
During Advent, focusing on Christ's second coming.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 19 of 19)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #4||Rejoice, All Ye Believers||Rejoice, all ye believers||HAF TRONES LAMPA FÄRDIG||Laurentius Laurentii, 1660-1722; Sarah B. Findlater, 1823-1907||76 76 D||1994||Advent | ; Hope | ; Jesus Christ | Birth; Jesus Christ | Second Coming|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #7||Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers||Rejoice, rejoice, believers||HAF TRONES LAMPA FÄRDIG||Laurentius Laurenti, 1660-1722; Sarah B. Findlater, 1823-1907||76 76 D||1993||Advent ||
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #543||Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers||Rejoice, rejoice, believers||HAF TRONES LAMPA FÄRDIG||L. Laurenti, 1660-1722; S. B. Findlater, 1823-1907||76 76 D||1996||Heaven's Eternal Joy | ; Trinity 27 ||
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #244||Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers||Rejoice, rejoice, believers||HAF TRONES LAMPA FÄRDIG||Laurentius Laurenti, 1660-1722; Sarah B. Findlater, 1823-1907||7 6 7 6 D||2006||Advent ||
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #362||Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers||Rejoice! Rejoice, believers||LLANGLOFFAN||Laurentius Laurenti; Sarah Borthwick Findlater||22.214.171.124.D||Matthew 25:1-13; Revelation 20; Revelation 21||2013||Christ's Return and Judgment | ; Hope | ; Jesus Christ | Advent||Alt. <i>The Hymnal 1982</i>|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #68||Rejoice! rejoice, believers||Rejoice! rejoice, believers||LLANGLOFFAN||Sarah B. Findlater, 1823-1908; Laurentius Laurenti, 1660-1722||76. 76 D||1985|
|Hymnal Supplement 98 #801||Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers||Rejoice, rejoice, believers||HAF TRONES LAMPA FÄRDIG||Sarah B. Findlater; Laurentius Laurenti, 1660-1722||76 76 D||Malachi 4:2; Revelation 5:11-14; Matthew 25:1-6||1998||Communion of Saints | ; Hope | ; Judgment | ; Last Things ||
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #90||Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers||Rejoice! Rejoice, believers||LLANGLOFFAN||Laurentius Laurenti, 1600-1722; Sarah Borthwick Findlater, 1823-1907||126.96.36.199 D||Matthew 25:1||2007||Advent | ; Jesus Christ | ; Joy | ; Second Coming ||
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #477||Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers||Rejoice, rejoice believers||HAF TRONES LAMPA FÄRDIG||Sarah Borthwick Findlater; Laurentius Laurenti||188.8.131.52 D||Matthew 25:1-13||2013||Church Year | Advent; Jesus Christ | Bridegroom; Jesus Christ | Lamb; Jesus Christ | Second Coming; Joy | ; Perseverance | ; Victory |||Alt. in <cite>The Hymnal</cite>, 1982|
|Lutheran Service Book #515||Rejoice, rejoice, believers||Rejoice, rejoice, believers||HAF TRONES LAMPA FÄRDIG||Sarah B. Findlater, 1823-1907; Laurentius Laurenti, 1660-1722||76 76 d||Matthew 25:1-6; Revelation 5:11-14; Malachi 4:2; Matthew 13:35-37||2006||End Times ||
|Moravian Book of Worship #256||Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers||Rejoice, rejoice believers||REJOICE||Laurentius Laurenti; Sarah Borthwick Findlater||184.108.40.206.D. Iambic||Matthew 25:1-13; Revelation 19:1-9||1995||Christian year--Advent | ; Christian year--Return of Christ ||
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #15||Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers||Rejoice! Rejoice, believers||LLANGLOFFAN||Sarah Borthwick Findlater; Laurentius Laurenti||220.127.116.11 D||Matthew 25:1-10||1990||<i>The Hymnal 1982</i>, alt. from|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #333||Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers||Rejoice, rejoice, believers||GREENLAND||Laurentius Laurenti; Sarah B. Findlater||76 76 D||Matthew 25:1-13; Matthew 25:13||1987||Return of Christ | ; Advent | ; Hope | ; Light | ; New Creation | ; Redemption ||
|Small Church Music #2055||Vigil (Haf Trones Lampa Fardig)||Rejoice, rejoice, believers||VIGIL (HAF TRONES LAMPA FARDIG)||Laurentius Laurenti||18.104.22.168.D|
|Small Church Music #3380||Llangloffan||Rejoice, rejoice, believers||LLANGLOFFAN||Laurentius Laurenti||22.214.171.124.D|
|Small Church Music #6154||Ликуй ликуй спасенный (Rejoice Rejoice Believer)||Ликуй ликуй спасенный (Rejoice Rejoice Believer)||[Rejoice Rejoice Believer]|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #136||Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers!||Rejoice, rejoice, believers!||VIGIL||Laurentius Laurenti, 1660-1722; Sarah B. Findlater, 1823-1907||126.96.36.199.D.||Malachi 4:2; Matthew 25:1-13||1996||3rd Sunday in Advent | ; Advent | Coming; Redemption | ; Second Advent | ; Word and Teaching ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #5756||Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers||Rejoice, rejoice, believers||LLANGLOFFAN||Laurentius Laurenti; Sarah B. Findlater||76.76 D||<cite>Evangelica Melodica</cite>, 1700; Translation in <cite>Hymns from the Land of Luther</cite>, first series, 1854|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #320||Rejoice, All Ye Believers||Rejoice, all ye believers||LANCASHIRE||Laurentius Lurenti; Sarah B. Findlater||188.8.131.52.D.||Malachi 4:2; Matthew 25:6||1990||Watchfulness | ; Christ | Bridegroom; Heaven | Redeemed in; Jesus Christ | His Second Coming and Judgment|