Bryn Calfaria

Finally, this week, I will sing this tune.  My introduction to it was a recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ organ prelude.  I probably listen to it at least 20 weeks a year on my way to church.

 

Later I heard it sung for the first time, but in a language I don’t understand, Welsh.  My recording is much better than this, but it is still beautiful.

The hymn we will sing during the communion service Sunday is “Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor.”   Here is a much larger choir singing it:

Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendor,
first begotten from the dead.
Thou alone, our strong defender,
liftest up thy people’s head.
Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!
Jesus, true and living bread!
Jesus, true and living bread!
Here our humblest homage pay we,
here in loving reverence bow;
here for faith’s discernment pray we,
lest we fail to know thee now.
Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!
Thou art here, we ask not how.
Thou art here, we ask not how.
Though the lowliest form doth veil thee
as of old in Bethlehem,
here as there thine angels hail thee,
branch and flower of Jesse’s stem.
Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!
We in worship join with them.
We in worship join with them.
Paschal Lamb, thine offering, finished
once for all when thou was slain,
in its fullness undiminished
shall for evermore remain.
Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!
Cleansing us from every stain.
Cleansing us from every stain.
Life-imparting heavenly Manna,
smitten Rock with streaming side,
heaven and earth with loud hosanna
worship thee, the Lamb who died.
Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!
Risen, ascended, glorified!
Risen, ascended, glorified!
                                                                                                                  George Hugh Bourne

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