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 14 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Author: Andraé Crouch

Born in San Francisco on July 1, 1942, and raised in Los Angeles, Andraé Edward Crouch was the son of bivocational-pastor parents Benjamin and Catherine Crouch. He has recounted that he received the gift of music as a child, when his father was called as a guest preacher and pastoral candidate to a small rural church that had no musicians. He began playing for them at the age of 11. He wrote his first gospel song at 14, and formed his first band, the COGICS, in 1960. In 1965 he formed The Disciples, which lasted until 1979, and as a protegé of Audrey Mieir, Ralph Carmichael, and other leading Contemporary Christian Music artists of the time, went on to win a total of nine Grammies, and numerous other awards. He wrote his first well-kn… Go to person page >

Text Information

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.

Notes

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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Timeline

Instances

Instances (12)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
African American Heritage Hymnal #256TextImage
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #133TextImage
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #227TextImage
Chalice Hymnal #206TextImage
Hymns of Faith #269TextImage
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #383
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #704TextImage
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #276ImageAudio
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #552TextImageAudio
Sing Joyfully #298TextImage
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #334TextImage
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #192TextImage



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