st. 2 = Rom. 6:4
st. 3 = Luke 24:35
ref. = Ps. 118: 14, 24
Written by John E. Bowers (b. London, England, 1923), this text was first published in More Hymns for Today, a 1980 supplement to Hymns Ancient and Modern. Originally entitled “The House of God,” the first stanza began "Christians, lift up your hearts." The seven-stanza text dealt with various aspects of Christian worship such as gathering, praising God, confessing and forgiving, preaching, taking the sacraments, and departing to serve. The Psalter Hymnal includes Bower's stanzas 1 (now the refrain), 3, 4, and 6.
The refrain's text borrows from the Sursum Corda ("Lift up your hearts") of the Lord's Supper liturgy and from Psalm 118:14, 24. Like Q&A 65 of Lord's Day 25 in the Heidelberg Catechism, the three stanzas focus on preaching and the sacraments (st. 1), baptism, and the Lord's Supper (st. 2 and 3).
Bowers served in the British and Indian army during World War II and then studied at King's College, London University, England, from 1947 to 1951. Ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1952, he served both as a chaplain in the territorial army and as a priest in various parishes in the diocese of Leicester. He retired in 1988.
The opening of regular Sunday worship; baptism; Lord's Supper; a choral processional at festive church services and worship conferences (in this case choirs may want to learn additional stanzas and add a descant; see other hymnal settings of "Hail Thee, Festival Day").
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) composed SALVE FESTA DIES as a setting for Venantius H. Fortunatus's (PHH 400) famous text "Hail Thee, Festival Day." The tune, whose title comes from the opening words of that text, was published in The English Hymnal of 1906.
Like SINE NOMINE (505), this tune is vi…
Display Title: Christians, lift up your heartsFirst Line: Here God's life-giving wordTune Title: SALVE FESTA DIESAuthor: John Bowers (born 1923)Meter: IrregularDate: 1987Subject: God's Church | Christian Initiation
Display Title: Lift Your Heart to the LordFirst Line: Here God's life-giving wordTune Title: SALVE FESTA DIESAuthor: John E. BowersMeter: irregularScripture: Luke 24:35; Romans 6:4Date: 1987Subject: Commitment & Dedication | ; Church and Mission | ; Church | ; Lord's Supper | ; Opening of Worship | ; Word of God |
Display Title: Christians, lift up your heartsFirst Line: Here God's life-giving wordTune Title: SALVE FESTA DIESAuthor: John Edward Bowers, 1923-Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Ephesians 4:20-24; John 17:12-19; Luke 24:28-35; Luke 24:44-49; Romans 6:1-5Date: 1999Subject: Baptism | ; Celebration of Faith | ; Eucharist | ; Festal Joy | ; Holy Spirit | ; People of God | ; Proclamation: Witness | ; Real Presence | ; Saints Days and Holy Days | St John the Evangelist; Sunday | ; Word of God | ; Worship | Gathering