The King of Glory Comes

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Author: Willard F. Jabusch

Willard F. Jabusch (b. 1930) received degrees from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, and Loyola University, Chicago. He also earned a doctorate at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (1986), and studied music at the Chicago Conservatory and the University of London. A parish priest at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Chicago from 1956 to 1961, he taught at Niles College of Loyola University from 1963 to 1966 and at the Mundelein Seminary from 1968 to 1990. Since 1990 Jabusch has been director of Calvert House, the Roman Catholic student center at the University of Chicago. His theological publications include The Person in the Pulpit (1980), Walk Where Jesus Walked (1986), and The Spoken Christ (1990). He has wri… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Who is the King of glory, what shall we call him?
Title: The King of Glory Comes
Author: Willard F. Jabusch (1966)
Meter: 12.12 with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: The King of glory comes, the nation rejoices
Notes: Spanish translation: See "¿Quién es el Rey de Gloria?" by Eunice Miller
Copyright: © 1966, 1982, Willard F. Jabusch. Administered by OCP Publications.


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 24:8, Isa. 7:14
st. 2 = Matt. 4:23
st. 3 = Isa. 53:12
st. 4 = 1 Cor. 15:57, John 14:2
ref. = Ps. 24:7, Ps. 67:4

Catholic priest Willard F.Jabusch (PHH 210) wrote this text in five stanzas in 1965 in Niles, Illinois, for use by the parish folk-music ensemble of St. Celestine's Roman Catholic Church in Elmwood Park, Illinois. The text was published in Hymnal for Young Christians (1966), one of the first English Roman Catholic hymnals published in the United States after Vatican II.

Stanza 1 and the refrain are based on Psalm 24:7-8; stanzas 2 and 3 recall Jesus' ministry and his death to atone for sin; stanza 4 confesses Christ's victory over death and the coming of his kingdom. The original third stanza was not included.

Liturgical Use:
Epiphany; Advent; Palm Sunday, or anytime; a great processional hymn at the beginning of a worship service.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



Jabusch wrote his text to correspond to PROMISED ONE, an Israeli folk tune. Probably of Hasidic origin, PROMISED ONE was associated with the folk song "Gilu Hagalilim," brought by Zionist settlers to Israel after World War I. The Fireside Book of Folk Songs (1947) contains the tune with a different…

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