Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus

Versifier: Christopher M. Idle

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). In 1998 Hope Publishing… Go to person page >

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First Line: Since our great high priest, Christ Jesus
Title: Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus
Versifier: Christopher M. Idle (1973)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.7
Language: English
Copyright: © 1973 The Jubilate Group (admin. Hope Publishing Co.)

Notes

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Heb. 4:14; 1:4
st. 2 = Heb. 4:15-16
st. 3 = Heb. 1:3-4; 12:2; 4:15
st. 4 = Heb. 12:2; 4:15

Based on several texts in the letter to the Hebrews–l: 3-4, 4:14-16 and 12:2–this song incorporates parts of the book's lengthy discussion about Jesus Christ as our High Priest and about his absolute supremacy and sufficiency as the Mediator of God's grace. Because we have such a Priest/Mediator, who identifies with our weaknesses but is without sin, we can confidently approach God's throne of grace and find help for our needs. Christopher M. Idle (PHH 20) wrote this song in London in 1971; it was first published in the British collection Psalm Praise (1973) as an Ascension canticle.

Liturgical Use:
Ascension Day; whenever the church focuses on Christ's role as High Priest and ascended Lord.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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ALL SAINTS is a stately tune with a demanding harmony that a good singing congregation or choir will want to sing in parts. See PHH 230 for background information on , ALL SAINTS; the setting there is also in a lower key. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

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