451. Where high the heavenly temple stands

1 Where high the heavenly temple stands,
the house of God not made with hands,
a great High Priest our nature wears,
Jesus, the Son of God, appears.

2 He who for us our surety stood,
and poured on earth his precious blood,
pursues in heaven his mighty plan,
eternal God and Son of Man.

3 Though now ascended up on high,
he bends on earth a brother's eye;
partaker of the human name,
he knows the frailty of our frame.

4 Our fellow-sufferer yet retains
a fellow-feeling of our pains;
and still remembers in the skies
his tears, his agonies and cries.

5 In every pang that rends the heart
the Man of Sorrows has a part;
he sympathizes with our grief,
and to the sufferer sends relief.

6 With boldness, therefore, at the throne,
let us make all our sorrows known;
and ask the aid of heavenly power
to help us in the evil hour.

Text Information
First Line: Where high the heavenly temple stands
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: LM
Topic: Christ Risen: Reign and Priesthood; Our Response to God: in intercession and petition; Christian Year: Ascension (3 more...)
Source: Scottish Paraphrases, 1781, Paraphrase 58, alt.
Language: English
Tune Information
Adapter: Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
Harmonizer: George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848-1934)
Meter: LM
Key: C Major
Source: German melody, fifteenth century

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