When the King Shall Come Again

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Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 12, Question and Answer 31 is a reminder that Christ promised to return and will do so as King. He has ascended to heaven “to show there that he is the head of his church, the one through whom the Father rules all things.” He was anointed as “our eternal king who governs us by his Word and Spirit, and who guards us and keeps us in the freedom he has won for us.”


When the King Shall Come Again

Tune Information

F Major
Meter D

When the King Shall Come Again

Hymn Story/Background

Christopher Martin Idle wrote this versification in 1969; it was first published in Psalm Praise (1973). Idle suggests that "the fourth stanza seems to have a message peculiarly relevant to a world where many in east and west boast of their weapons of war and rely on them to preserve 'peace.'"
— Bert Polman

Author Information

Christopher Martin Idle (b. Bromley, Kent, England, 1938) was educated at Elthan College, St. Peter's College, Oxford, and Clifton Theological College in Bristol, and was ordained in the Church of England. He served churches in Barrow-in-­Furness, Cumbria; London; and Oakley, Suffolk; and recently returned to London, where he is involved in various hymnal projects. A prolific author of articles on the Christian's public responsibilities, Idle has also published The Lion Book of Favorite Hymns (1980) and at least one hundred of his own hymns and biblical paraphrases. Some of his texts first appeared in hymnals published by the Jubilate Group, with which he is associated. He was also editor of Anglican Praise (1987).
— Bert Polman

Composer Information

Johann Horn (b. Domaschitz, Bohemia, ca. 1490; d. Jungbungzlau, Bohemia, February 11, 1547), was ordained a priest of the Bohemian Brethren in 1518. Appointed an elder in 1529, he was consecrated a bishop four years later. In 1522 he accompanied Michael Weisse to Wittenberg to discuss the views of the Brethren with Martin Luther. Horn’s Czech hymn collection, Písně chval božských, published in Prague in 1541, far surpassed any contemporary songbook in size, containing 481 hymns with 300 melodies. He also prepared Ein Gesangbuch der Brüder im Behemen und Merherrn, Nürnberg, 1544, a revised edition of Weisse’s 1531 New Gesengbuchlen containing thirty-two new hymns, some from his 1541 hymnal. For many years he served as pastor of the congregation at Jungbungzlau, Bohemia.
— Hymnal Companion to the Lutheran Book of Worship
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