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Unto Christ Who Loved Us

Unto Christ who loved us

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Representative Text

Unto Christ, who loved us and washed us
from our sins in his own blood,
and has made us kings and priests unto God
and his Father
unto him be glory and dominion
forever and ever. Amen.

Source: Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #623

Text Information

First Line: Unto Christ who loved us
Title: Unto Christ Who Loved Us
Meter: Irregular
Language: English


Scripture References:
st. = Rev. 1:5-6

This text originally appeared in The Daily Service (1936), the full music edition of the British Prayers and Hymns for Schools, of which Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) was an editor. "Unto Christ" was included in the Order of Morning Prayer for Fridays.

The text is taken from Revelation 1:5-6, which contains a doxology attached to the opening greeting addressed to the "seven churches in the province of Asia." The first clause helps us focus our praise on Christ our Savior, who commissioned us to be his kings and priests (see Ex. 19:6). The final words, "glory and dominion for ever and ever," are part of the familiar formula for doxologies-our ascription of praise to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Liturgical Use:
Baptism; as a conclusion to spoken prayers; as a doxologic coda to another hymn (291, 573) or a doxology at the conclusion of worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



The fine composer, folk music scholar, and noted hymnal editor Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) composed this setting for the biblical text for Oxford University Press's The Daily Service (1936). This simple unison melody became familiar to Christian day-school students and Christian Reformed Church…

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