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Two-Stanza Introits for the Chief Festivals of the Christian Year

Now shall the Church, this time of celebration

Author: Fred Pratt Green
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

Now shall the Church, this time of celebration,
give thanks to God for each new revelation,
for gospel truth and promise of salvation:
To God be endless praise!

This is the time when he was born to save us,
who set us free from sins that would enslave us;
for Mary's Child and all his coming gave us;
To God be endless praise!

On Easter Day, how joyfully they greeted
their Risen Lord, whom death had not defeated.
What he began shall surely be completed.
To God be endless praise!

This is the time, Christ's earthly mission ended,
he left his friends, that all may be befriended:
so close he is, our Lord who is ascended.
To God be endless praise!

This is the time when God the Spirit showered
his gifts on those he challenged and empowered.
See how the Church sprang up and quickly flowered!
To God be endless praise!

Blest Three-in-one, help us this day to ponder
how to unite what nations but asunder,
deepen our sense of mystery and wonder:
To God be endless praise!

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Author: Fred Pratt Green

The name of the Rev. F. Pratt Green is one of the best-known of the contemporary school of hymnwriters in the British Isles. His name and writings appear in practically every new hymnal and "hymn supplement" wherever English is spoken and sung. And now they are appearing in American hymnals, poetry magazines, and anthologies. Mr. Green was born in Liverpool, England, in 1903. Ordained in the British Methodist ministry, he has been pastor and district superintendent in Brighton and York, and now served in Norwich. There he continued to write new hymns "that fill the gap between the hymns of the first part of this century and the 'far-out' compositions that have crowded into some churches in the last decade or more." --Seven New Hymns o… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Now shall the Church, this time of celebration
Title: Two-Stanza Introits for the Chief Festivals of the Christian Year
Author: Fred Pratt Green
Refrain First Line: To God be endless praise!
Publication Date: 1987
Copyright: Words Copyright © 1987 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All Rights Reserved.



Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

Hymnal Supplement II #81


Moravian Book of Worship #830

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