The King of Glory Comes

Who is the King of glory, what shall we call him?

Author: Willard F. Jabusch (1966)
Published in 33 hymnals

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The King of glory comes,
the nation rejoices.
Open the gates before him,
lift up your voices.

Lift up your heads, O you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.

Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O you gates;
Lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.

Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord Almighty--
he is the King of glory.

Source: Songs for Life #157

Author: Willard F. Jabusch

A Catholic priest, Willard Francis Jabusch (b. 1930) was educated at Mundelein Seminary, Loyola University and Northwestern University (Ph.D., 1968). His education was enhanced at the University of London, and as a composer, at the Chicago Conservatory. He was ordained in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1956. Fr. Jabusch served as priest at Old St. James parish, a predominantly African-American parish in Chicago, and has taught at several institutions including the Chicago-area schools Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary (disbanded in 2007) and Mundelein Seminary, as well as Notre Dame University and the American College at the University of Louvain in Belgium. More recently he served as chaplain and director of Calvert House at the Un… Go to person page >


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 24:8, Isa. 7:14
st. 2 = Matt. 4:23
st. 3 = Isa. 53:12
st. 4 = 1 Cor. 15:57, John 14:2
ref. = Ps. 24:7, Ps. 67:4

Catholic priest Willard F.Jabusch (PHH 210) wrote this text in five stanzas in 1965 in Niles, Illinois, for use by the parish folk-music ensemble of St. Celestine's Roman Catholic Church in Elmwood Park, Illinois. The text was published in Hymnal for Young Christians (1966), one of the first English Roman Catholic hymnals published in the United States after Vatican II.

Stanza 1 and the refrain are based on Psalm 24:7-8; stanzas 2 and 3 recall Jesus' ministry and his death to atone for sin; stanza 4 confesses Christ's victory over death and the coming of his kingdom. The original third stanza was not included.

Liturgical Use:
Epiphany; Advent; Palm Sunday, or anytime; a great processional hymn at the beginning of a worship service.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



Jabusch wrote his text to correspond to PROMISED ONE, an Israeli folk tune. Probably of Hasidic origin, PROMISED ONE was associated with the folk song "Gilu Hagalilim," brought by Zionist settlers to Israel after World War I. The Fireside Book of Folk Songs (1947) contains the tune with a different…

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Instances (1 - 25 of 25)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #127
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #177
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #363
Common Praise (1998) #632
Gather (3rd ed.) #572
Gather Comprehensive #486
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #494
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #158
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #341
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #474
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #370Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Renew! #267
Sing and Rejoice!: new hymns for congregations #122
Sing the Faith #2091
Small Church Music #2416Audio
Songs for Life #156
Songs for Life #157Text
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #137
The Faith We Sing #2091
The Worshiping Church #134
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #279
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #240
Worship (4th ed.) #565
Worship and Rejoice #159
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #501
Include 8 pre-1979 instances