Tuesday Hymns: “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing”

This past Sunday we shared the Lord’s Supper together as a church body and our offertory hymn was this Tuesday’s Tuesday Hymn. At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing was written in the 6th century by an anonymous author and not translated into English until 1849. This particular hymn reminds us that the Supper is a sign and seal of the following: “His [Christ’s] death is showed forth; and the worthy receivers are, not after a corporal and carnal manner, but by faith, made partakers of his body and blood, with all his benefits, to their spiritual nourishment, and growth in grace.” (Westminster Shorter Catechism Q#96) It is good to sing a hymn that connects one to his forefathers in the faith. It is sung to the tune, St. George’s, Windsor (the tune of Come Ye Thankful People Come). 

At the Lamb’s high feast we sing praise to our victorious King, who has washed us in the tide flowing from his pierced side; praise we him whose love divine gives his sacred blood for wine, gives his body for the feast, Christ the victim, Christ the priest.

Where the paschal blood is poured, death’s dark angel sheathes his sword; Israel’s hosts triumphant go through the wave that drowns the foe. Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed, paschal victim, paschal bread; with sincerity and love eat we manna from above.

Mighty victim from the sky, pow’rs of hell beneath thee lie; death is conquered in the fight, thou hast brought us life and light: hymns of glory and of praise, risen Lord, to thee we raise; holy Father, praise to thee, with the Spirit, ever be.

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3 Comments

  1. Renee said,

    September 8, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    We like the tune Alle Menschen Mussen Sterben much better than the tune Come Ye Thankful People Come with this particular hymn.
    It seems you’re keeping late hours these days, I thought older gentlemen retired early. 🙂
    Renee

    • cliftonr said,

      September 8, 2009 at 9:17 AM

      Renee’s suggestion for a tune is found at: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/a/l/l/allmeliv.htm.
      On the other matter, although I am “older,” I am not sure about the “gentleman.” The time listed is UTC time (which I didn’t know existed). For “older” people, it is the same as Greenwhich Mean Time. I have since changed my settings to show CDT, so on my next post I will be able to see if it worked. I usually fall asleep while Greg Bostwick, Bill Leger, and Kelli Phillips are telling me about all the news in the Golden Triangle.

      • cliftonr said,

        September 8, 2009 at 9:19 AM

        My changing of the settings worked. I am not as computerly challenged as I thought!


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