Hymns for the Book of Concord

The Book of Concord is a wonderful devotional book as well as being the formal confession of faith for the Lutheran Church. To aid in using the Book of Concord for devotion I have provided a copy of the hymns I use for teaching the Book of Concord. In addition for the Large Catechism, I have provided Psalms, as well as the classic Lutheran catechetical hymns, to aid in catechesis for these sections. The hymns are taken from the Lutheran Service Book (LSB), The Lutheran Hymnal (TLH), and “The Hymns of Martin Luther” by Peter Reske (THML). Of course one should feel free to use which ever hymnal you have to sing these treasured hymns, with of course as many verses as you can get your hands on (or of course in their original tongues of English/German/Latin/Greek). I pray that this resource will be useful to all those who believe, teach, and confess what is in the Book of Concord. You can find a PDF copy if you go to my original post at the First Lutheran Church of Boston website.

 

Preface to the Book of Concord Built on the Rock (LSB 645)
The Ecumenical Creeds We All Believe In One True God (LSB 954)

 

The Augsburg Confession (AC) and Apology of the Augsburg Confession (Ap)

Preface Lord Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word (LSB 655)
AC I/Ap I: God We All Believe in One True God (LSB 954)
AC II/Ap II (I): Original Sin These Are the Holy Ten Commands (LSB 581)
AC III/Ap III: The Son of God O Love, How Deep (LSB 544)
AC IV/Ap IV (II): Justification Salvation Unto Us Has Come (LSB 555)
AC V: The Ministry Shepherd of Tender Youth (LSB 864)
AC VI/Ap V (III): New Obedience O God, My Faithful God (LSB 696)
AC VII/Ap VII and VIII (IV): The Church I Love Your Kingdom, Lord (LSB 651)
AC VIII/Ap VII and VIII (IV): What the Church Is Built on the Rock (LSB 645)
AC IX/Ap IX: Baptism To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord (LSB 406)
AC X/Ap X: The Lord’s Supper Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Savior (LSB 627)
AC XI/Ap XI: Confession From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee (LSB 607)
AC XII/Ap XIIa (V) and XIIb (VI): Repentance/Confession and Satisfaction When in the Hour of Deepest Need (LSB 615)
AC XIII/Ap XIII (VII): The Use of the Sacraments My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (LSB 575)
AC XIV/Ap XIV: Order in the Church Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord (LSB 497)
AC XV/Ap XV (VIII): Church Ceremonies Not All the Blood of Beasts (LSB 431)
AC XVI/Ap XVI: Civil Government Before You, Lord, We Bow (LSB 966)
AC XVII/Ap XVII: Christ’s Return for Judgment The Day is Surely Drawing Near (LSB 508)
AC XVIII/Ap XVIII: Free Will Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice (LSB 556)
AC XIX/Ap XIX: The Cause of Sin O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (LSB 450)
AC XX/Ap XX: Good Works Renew Me, O Eternal Light (LSB 704)
AC XXI/Ap XXI (IX): Worship of the Saints For All the Saints (LSB 677)
AC XXII/Ap XII (X): Both Kinds in the Sacrament Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord (LSB 637)
AC XXIII/Ap XXIII (XI): The Marriage of Priests The Church’s One Foundation (LSB 644)
AC XXIV/Ap XXIV (XII): The Mass Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared (LSB 622)
AC XXV: Confession Savior, When in Dust to Thee (LSB 419)
AC XXVI: Distinction of Meats By Grace I’m Saved (LSB 566)
AC XXVII/Ap XXVII (XIII): Monastic Vows Jesus, Priceless Treasure (LSB 743)
AC XXVIII/Ap XXVIII (XIV): Church Authority One Thing’s Needful (LSB 536)
Conclusion A Mighty Fortress is Our God (LSB 656)

 

Smalcald Articles

Preface of Dr. Martin Luther Lord Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word (LSB 655)
Part I: The Awe-Inspiring Articles on the Divine Majesty We All Believe in One True God (LSB 954)
Part II: The Articles That Refer to the Office and Work of Jesus Christ; That is, Our Redemption Article I: The Chief Article Salvation Unto Us Has Come (LSB 555)
Part II Article II: The Mass By Grace I’m Saved (LSB 566)
Part II Article III: Chapters and Cloisters O God, My Faithful God (LSB 696)
Part II Article IV: The Papacy A Mighty Fortress is Our God (LSB 656)
Part III Article I: Sin All Mankind Fell in Adam’s Fall (LSB 562)
Part III Article II: The Law These Are the Holy Ten Commands (LSB 581)
Part III Article III: Repentance From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee (LSB 607)
Part III Article IV: The Gospel Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands (LSB 458)
Part III Article V: Baptism To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord (LSB 406)
Part III Article VI: The Sacrament of the Altar Lord Jesus Christ You Have Prepared (LSB 622)
Part III Article VII: The Keys The Day is Surely Drawing Near (LSB 508)
Part III Article VIII: Confession Thy Strong Word (LSB 578)
Part III Article IX: Excommunication “As Surely as I Live,” God Said (LSB 614)
Part III Article X: Ordination and the Call Send, O Lord, Your Holy Spirit (LSB 681)
Part III Article XI: The Marriage of Priests Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying (LSB 516)
Part III Article XII: The Church Built on the Rock (LSB 645)
Part III Article XIII: How One is Justified before God and Does Good Works Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice (LSB 556)
Part III Article XIV: Monastic Vows I Bind Unto Myself Today (LSB 604)
Part III Article XV: Human Traditions One Thing’s Needful (LSB 536)

 

Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word (LSB 655)

 

The Small Catechism

Preface of Dr. Martin Luther Shepherd of Tender Youth (LSB 864)
Part I: The Ten Commandments These are the Holy Ten Commands (LSB 581)
Part II: The Apostles Creed We All Believe in One True God (LSB 954)
Part III: The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, Who from Heaven Above (LSB 766)
Part IV: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord (LSB 406)
Part V: Confession From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee (LSB 607)
Part VI: The Sacrament of the Altar Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Savior (LSB 627)
Daily Prayers Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun (LSB 868)
Table of Duties “Come, Follow Me,” the Savior Spake (LSB 688)

 

The Large Catechism

Long Preface Psalm 1; Lord Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word (LSB 655)
Short Preface Psalm 119:1-8 (Aleph); Shepherd of Tender Youth (LSB 864)
Part I: The First Commandment Psalm 115; Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good (LSB 819)
Part I: The Second Commandment Psalm 8; At the Name of Jesus (LSB 512)
Part I: The Third Commandment Psalm 84; Lord Jesus Christ, with Us Abide (LSB 585)
Part I: The Fourth Commandment Psalm 127; Happy the Man Who Fearth God (“Wo Gott Zum Haus” THML 29)
Part I: The Fifth Commandment Psalm 139; Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace (LSB 844)
Part I: The Sixth Commandment Psalm 45; Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying (LSB 516)
Part I: The Seventh Commandment Psalm 37; Son of God, Eternal Savior (LSB 842)
Part I: The Eighth Commandment Psalm 15; O God My Faithful God (LSB 696)
Part I: The Ninth and Tenth Commandments Psalm 19; If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee (LSB 750)
Part I: The Conclusion of the Ten Commandments Psalm 112; These Are the Holy Ten Commands (LSB 581)
Part II: Introduction Psalm 14; Te Deum (LSB 223)
Part II: The First Article of the Apostle’s Creed Psalm 33; Eternal Father, Strong to Save (LSB 717)
Part II: The Second Article of the Apostle’s Creed Psalm 2; O Love, How Deep (LSB 544)
Part II: The Third Article of the Apostle’s Creed Psalm 51; Come, Holy Spirit, Creator Blest (LSB 498/499)
Part III: Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer Psalm 141; Now Rest Beneath Night’s Shadow (LSB 880)
Part III: The First Petition of the Lord’s Prayer Psalm 96; Oh Lord Look Down From Heaven Behold (TLH 260)
Part III: The Second Petition of the Lord’s Prayer Psalm 24; O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (LSB 357)
Part III: The Third Petition of the Lord’s Prayer Psalm 145; What God Ordains is Always Good (LSB 760)
Part III: The Fourth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer Psalm 104; Now Thank We All Our God (LSB 895)
Part III: The Fifth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer Psalm 32; Lord, to You I Make Confession (LSB 608)
Part III: The Sixth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer Psalm 125; Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus (LSB 685)
Part III: The Seventh and Last Petition of the Lord’s Prayer Psalm 23; O Little Flock, Fear Not the Foe (LSB 666)
Part IV: Holy Baptism Psalm 89; To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord (LSB 406)
Part V: The Sacrament of the Altar Psalm 116; Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Savior (LSB 627)

 

Formula of Concord (Epitome and Solid Declaration)

The Summary Content, Rule, and Norm I Know My Faith Is Founded (LSB 587)
Article I: Original Sin All Mankind Fell in Adam’s Fall (LSB 562)
Article II: Free Will Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest (LSB 498/499)
Article III: The Righteousness of Faith Before God By Grace I’m Saved (LSB 566)
Article IV: Good Works O God, My Faithful God (LSB 696)
Article V: Law and Gospel Salvation Unto Us Has Come (LSB 555)
Article VI: The Third Use of God’s Law “Come, Follow Me,” the Savior Spake (LSB 688)
Article VII: The Holy Supper of Christ Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared (LSB 622)
Article VIII: The Person of Christ Savior of the Nations Come (LSB 332)
Article IX: The Descent of Christ to Hell Christ is the World’s Redeemer (LSB 539)
Article X: Church Practices Lord Jesus Christ the Church’s Head (LSB 647)
Article XI: God’s Eternal Foreknowledge, Predestination, and Election If God Himself Be For Me (LSB 724)
Article XII: Other Factions, Heresies, and Sects O Lord Look Down From Heaven Behold (TLH 260)

 

About Dr. Paul Edmon

Dr. Paul Edmon is from Seattle, Washington and now resides in Boston, Massachusetts. He has his B.S. in Physics from the University of Washington in 2004 and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Minnesota in 2010. He is professional staff at Harvard University and acts as liaison between Center for Astrophysics and Research Computing. A life long Lutheran, he is formerly a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Seattle and University Lutheran Chapel in Minneapolis. He now attends First Lutheran Church (FLC) of Boston where he teaches Lutheran Essentials. He sings bass in the FLC choir and Canto Armonico. He was elected to the Concordia Seminary St. Louis Board of Regents in 2016. He is single and among his manifold interests are scotch, football, anime, board games, mythology, history, philosophy, and general nerdiness. The views expressed here are his own and do not represent Harvard University or Concordia Seminary. Twitter: @pauledmon


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Hymns for the Book of Concord — 8 Comments

  1. This is an excellent idea, and you’ve chosen some great hymns! Thank you!

  2. Good thinking and good fitting hymns. Glad to have you on the Board of Regents at St. Louis Along with Todd Peppercorn.

  3. This is simply most excellent. Thanks Paul, for your time and effort in providing this valuable resource!

  4. O Lord Look Down From Heaven Behold (TLH 260) is a great hymn and should have been included in the LSB. A wonderful combination of Luther’s words and Bach’s music. The entire hymn should be sung at least once a year during the Divine Service.

  5. Thank you Dr. Edmon. I am considering teaching the Lutheran Confessions at my church but I have no syllabus to complete the entire Book of Concord aka Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions-A Readers Edition of the Book of Concord – 2nd edition by McCain, Paul T, General Editor within a year’s time.
    Have you developed or do you know of any such syllabus that logically divides the Lutheran Confessions into 50 parts so as to cover the entire body of work in a year? I can always divide the 600 or so pages by 50 weeks.

  6. I know that one is provided in the front of the Book of Concord published by CPH. That guide is better for individual study and devotion rather than for congregational teaching as it can be a slog to get through the Apology. What I did instead for my class is that I did:

    Large Catechism
    Augsburg Confession
    Smalcald Articles
    Treatise on Power and Primacy of the Pope
    Formula of Concord, Epitome

    If you take those in logical sections you can probably get through it in a year and you get all of the Book of Concord as the Apology and the Solid Declaration are just expansions of Augsburg and the Epitome. I also pull in select quotes from the Apology and Solid Declaration where they add extra clarity so people are exposed to those works as well. My class has 2 hours so we usually treated about 1-2 articles of each in an evening depending on how long each article was. Some took longer though such as the 4th Commandment or Baptism. In general I tried to leave off each evening in a logical place and then picked up with the next section. My class also looks up all the Scripture references that are in the Reader’s Edition, so that eats up extra time but is valuable to show that the Confessions say nothing different than what Scripture says.

    From experience it took me 3 years to get through the full Book of Concord in the above fashion with other books interspersed (I do a section of the Book of Concord then a writing from a Confessional author such as “Fire and the Staff” or “Spirituality of the Cross). If I cut out the addition books the above method should get you through in close to a year maybe a little over. Your teaching style may also be more brief than I so you may go faster. I think though you can get through the entire content of the Book of Concord if you treat the Apology and the Solid Declaration as supplemental material. Though I will say my personal favorite part of the Book of Concord is the Solid Declaration, but for most laity its a bit too much into the deep end. That’s why I chose selected quotes for my class.

    My intention is to put a cleaned up version of my class notes up on BJS as a Layman’s Commentary of the Book of Concord. I have about 400 pages of notes that are my thoughts on the Book of Concord which should make good fodder for posting here.

    I hope this helps.

  7. @Dr. Paul Edmon #7

    It certainly does help and thank you for this reply. I will begin the planning phase directly and hope to implement in January if all goes to plan. I will keep you posted on how it goes.

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