Monday, December 3, 2012

A Communion Hymn for Advent

Advent is a season of great hope and great music. The tune below is a childhood favorite written by the English Congregationalist, George Rawson, that was often sung as a communion hymn.

By Christ redeemed, in Christ restored,
We keep the memory adored,
And shew the death of our dear Lord
Until He come.

His body given in our stead
Is made known in the broken bread,
By which our feeble love is fed
Until he come.

His fearful, untold agony,
His lifeblood shed for you and me,
The wine shall tell the mystery
Until he come.

And thus His dark betrayal night
We with His last advent we unite
By one bright chain of loving rite
Until He come.

Until the trump of God be heard.
Until the ancient graves be stirred,
And with the great commanding word,
The Lord shall come.

Oh! blessed hope! With this elate
Let not our hearts be desolate,
But, strong in faith and patience, wait
Until He come ! Amen.