A Hymn on the Sacrament of the Altar

November 19th, 2012 Post by

Here is a hymn I wrote for my congregation.


A Hymn on the Sacrament of the Altar
composed for Faith Lutheran Church, Plano/Wylie, TX

Tune: LSB 513 or TLH 605

  1. The Word of Christ is spoken,
    And angels bend to see
    How hearts, once bound and broken,
    Are set at liberty.
    For Christ, the Lord of Glory,
    Proclaims His death again;
    No doubt can dim the story
    That pardons all our sin.
  2. With bread and wine are given
    Christ’s body and His blood;
    The earthly hides the heaven
    As flesh encloses God;
    The right hand of the Father
    Is now the Holy Place
    Where Christ, our God and Brother,
    Bestows on sinners grace.
  3. Depart each unbeliever
    And those who live in sin!
    Nor let a false deceiver
    Dare here to enter in.
    Discern this gift of Jesus,
    His body and his blood,
    Lest righteous judgment seize us
    For not believing God.
  4. Blest is the hungry spirit,
    Who has no good to give,
    But clings to Jesus’ merit –
    By faith this soul shall live;
    The Lord will not deceive him,
    As sin and Satan do,
    Nor will his Savior leave him,
    Whose Word cries out, “for you!”
  5. And kneeling at the altar,
    United we shall be,
    Though we are weak, and falter,
    Strong is our unity.
    For Jesus’ precious preaching
    Dispels the devil’s pow’r,
    Nor will He let false teaching
    To ever win the hour.
  6. So we with gladness enter,
    And we with gladness leave;
    Christ’s cross is at the center
    Of all that we believe.
    This sacrament will give us
    Abundant joy and peace
    Till angels will receive us
    In Heaven’s Holy Place.

Hymn by Pastor Mark Preus.

Hymn copyright (c) 2012 Pastor Mark Preus. It may be reproduced for devotional and worship purposes. Please include “hymn by Pastor Mark Preus” when reproducing it.


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  1. rev. a. eckert
    November 19th, 2012 at 13:22 | #1

    Awesome hymn, Pastor Preus.

  2. November 19th, 2012 at 14:39 | #2

    Excellent catechetical hymn. Thank you for this gift.

  3. David Preus
    November 19th, 2012 at 16:06 | #3

    Thank you, Mark, for this beautiful hymn!

  4. Elizabeth Peters
    November 19th, 2012 at 18:26 | #4

    The second verse is some of the best imagery I’ve seen for a communion hymn. Excellent.

  5. Timmy
    November 20th, 2012 at 07:46 | #5

    The tune “Ewing” for TLH #605 is also is the same tune as for TLH #613 “Jerusalem the Golden”.

    The meter is which fits several tunes including “Aurelia” which is the tune for TLH #473 “The Church’s One Foundation”.

    Just thought I’d share…..

  6. Brad
    November 20th, 2012 at 09:51 | #6

    I hope you continue to use this gift you have been given, Pr. Preus. It is a blessing.

  7. November 20th, 2012 at 11:23 | #7

    Thanks for the gift that helps us sing of the Giver and the perfect Gift of Himself!

  8. Marjorie
    November 20th, 2012 at 13:30 | #8

    Before I finished reading through your wonderful new hymn, my mind was using the melody from LSB 684 (Come unto me, ye weary) which is another of those with the 76 76 D meter. Thank you, Pastor Preus, for sharing this with us.

  9. Pastor Mark Preus
    November 20th, 2012 at 18:54 | #9

    Thank you all very much. I appreciate your comments and input.

  10. November 21st, 2012 at 20:38 | #10

    Thank you for another great hymn!

  11. wineonthevines
    November 22nd, 2012 at 13:17 | #11

    Great hymn! Can we assume that the title is, “The Word of Christ is spoken”? Thank you!

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