Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus

Versifier: Christopher M. Idle

Christopher Idle. Born at Bromley, Kent. 11 September 1938. Educated at Eltham College, after which he worked in an office, a shop and a hospital. Studied English at Saint Peter's College, Oxford (BA 1962) and Theology at Clifton Theological College, Bristol. Married Marjorie Rycroft, who was then nursing, in 1963; they have four married sons and (to date) seven grandchildren. Ordained 1965, serving Church of England parishes at Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria; Peckham, South East London; Poplar and Limehouse, East London; and North Hartismere, Suffolk, which comprised seven villages. He and Marjorie returned to Peckham in 1995; from then until 2003 he worked with local schools and churches (Anglican and Baptist), as well as writing and… Go to person page >

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First Line: Since our great high priest, Christ Jesus
Title: Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus
Versifier: Christopher M. Idle (1973)
Language: English
Copyright: © 1973 The Jubilate Group (admin. Hope Publishing Co.)


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Heb. 4:14; 1:4
st. 2 = Heb. 4:15-16
st. 3 = Heb. 1:3-4; 12:2; 4:15
st. 4 = Heb. 12:2; 4:15

Based on several texts in the letter to the Hebrews–l: 3-4, 4:14-16 and 12:2–this song incorporates parts of the book's lengthy discussion about Jesus Christ as our High Priest and about his absolute supremacy and sufficiency as the Mediator of God's grace. Because we have such a Priest/Mediator, who identifies with our weaknesses but is without sin, we can confidently approach God's throne of grace and find help for our needs. Christopher M. Idle (PHH 20) wrote this song in London in 1971; it was first published in the British collection Psalm Praise (1973) as an Ascension canticle.

Liturgical Use:
Ascension Day; whenever the church focuses on Christ's role as High Priest and ascended Lord.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


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ALL SAINTS is a stately tune with a demanding harmony that a good singing congregation or choir will want to sing in parts. See PHH 230 for background information on , ALL SAINTS; the setting there is also in a lower key. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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