Come, Risen Lord, and Deign to be Our Guest

Author: G. W. Briggs

George Wallace Briggs is a Canon of Worcester Cathedral and one of the most distinguished British hymn writers and hymnologists of today. Six of his hymns appear in the Episcopal Hymnal of 1940 (American). Another hymn on the Bible entitled "Word of the living God" was written for the 25th Anniversary of the British Bible Reading Fellowship and was sung in Westminster Abbey on June 5, 1947. It has been widely used since that time. Canon Briggs is a leading member of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. He is also the composer of several hymn times, six of which have appeared in British hymnals. In addition to his work as a clergy man of the Church of England and an hymnologist, he has interest himself actively in the field of reli… Go to person page >


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Luke 24:28-31
st. 2 = Luke 22:12ff, 1 Cor. 11:23-26
st. 3 = 1 Cor. 10:16-17
st. 4 = Luke 24:35, 1 Cor. 12:27

This fine text celebrates the presence of Christ in the Lord's Supper. Stanzas 1 and 4 allude to the part of the Emmaus story (Luke 24:28-35) in which the two disciples invite Jesus to be their guest, but then Jesus becomes their host. Stanza 2 focuses on our partaking of the sacrament and stanzas 3 and 4 on the oneness we share with all believers in this world and in heaven.

Originally written as "Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest," the text by George W. Briggs (b. Kirkby,Nottingham County, England, 1875; d. Hindhead, Surrey, England, 1959) was first published in the original edition of the British hymnbook Songs of Praise (1925). Briggs, however, regretted a change suggested by Percy Dearmer (PHH 595), editor of that hymnal–from "thine own sacrament" to "this our sacrament" in stanza I-so he later published the text in its original form in his own Songs of Faith (1945). The Psalter Hymnal text is slightly altered from the revision published in Hymns for Today's Church (1982).

Educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Briggs was a well-known twentieth-century hymn writer. A clergyman in the Church of England, he served a number of parishes and was a chaplain in the Royal Navy. He was especially interested in promoting meaningful worship in the British schools and consequently wrote Prayers and Hymns for Use in Schools (1927) and Prayers and Hymns for Junior Schools (1933). Briggs was a founding member of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Liturgical Use:
Lord's Supper services-fits well as a congregational song either before the sacrament or during distribution of the bread and wine; also makes a fine choir anthem, preferably unaccompanied, during the sacrament.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987



Instances (1 - 24 of 24)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #137
Chalice Hymnal #397
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #408
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #293a
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #293b
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #126
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #305
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #306
Hymnal Supplement 98 #856
Hymnal Supplement II #10
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #349
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #399a
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #399b
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #344
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #96
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #503
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #308Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #550
Small Church Music #4503Audio
Small Church Music #7011Audio
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #558
The New English Hymnal #279
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #524
Worship Supplement 2000 #754
Include 19 pre-1979 instances
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