The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power

The blood that Jesus shed for me, Way back on Calvary

Author: Andraé Crouch (1962)
Tune: THE BLOOD
Published in 13 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Author: Andraé Crouch

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First Line: The blood that Jesus shed for me, Way back on Calvary
Title: The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power
Author: Andraé Crouch (1962)
Meter: 8.6.10.7 with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: It reaches to the highest mountain
Copyright: © Copyright 1966. Renewed 1994 by Manna Music, Inc. (ASCAP), 35255 Brooten Road, Pacific City, OR 97135. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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Scripture References:
all st. = Eph. 1:7

African American gospel musician Andraé Crouch (b. Los Angeles, CA, 1945) wrote both text and tune in 1962. An arrangement of the text by Thursten G. Frazier entitled "It Will Never Lose Its Power" was published as a choral piece that same year by the Frazier-Cleveland Company.

Like other familiar hymns about the blood of Jesus (383, "0 Sacred Head" and 384, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross") this text presents the blood of Jesus as a metaphor for Christ's atonement for our sin. That atonement gives "me strength from day to day" and "will never lose its power." Certainty about the efficacy of Christ's sacrifice (st. 1) "soothes [our] doubts and calms [our] fears" (st. 2) and helps us negotiate "the highest mountain" and "the lowest valley" in our experiences of life in Christ.

Liturgical Use:
Worship that focuses on Christ's sacrifice, atonement, and power; Lord's Supper.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

THE BLOOD

Crouch's musical setting of THE BLOOD provides a skeleton script for a piano accompaniment that welcomes additional or substitute chords, arpeggios, runs, and ornaments. This hymn is appropriate for regular congregational singing, choral part singing, and/ or the use of a soloist on the stanzas. Kee…

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