The King of Glory Comes

Who is the King of glory, what shall we call him?

Author: Willard F. Jabusch (1966)
Published in 34 hymnals

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Author: Willard F. Jabusch

A Catholic priest, Willard Francis Jabusch (b. 1930) was educated at Mundelein Seminary, Loyola University and Northwestern University (Ph.D., 1968). His education was enhanced at the University of London, and as a composer, at the Chicago Conservatory. He was ordained in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1956. Fr. Jabusch served as priest at Old St. James parish, a predominantly African-American parish in Chicago, and has taught at several institutions including the Chicago-area schools Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary (disbanded in 2007) and Mundelein Seminary, as well as Notre Dame University and the American College at the University of Louvain in Belgium. More recently he served as chaplain and director of Calvert House at the Un… Go to person page >


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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Instances (1 - 25 of 25)

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #127

Celebrating Grace Hymnal #177

Christian Worship #363

Common Praise (1998) #632

Gather (3rd ed.) #572

Gather Comprehensive #486

Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #494

Hymnal Supplement 1991 #727

Hymns for a Pilgrim People #158

Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #341

Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #474

Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #370

Renew! Songs & Hymns for Blended Worship #267

Sing and Rejoice! #122

Sing the Faith #2091


Small Church Music #2416

Songs for Life #156

The Covenant Hymnal #137

The Faith We Sing #2091

The Worshiping Church #134

Together in Song #279

Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #240

Worship (3rd ed.) #501

Worship (4th ed.) #565

Worship and Rejoice #159

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