When Jesus Christ Our Lord
For Christmas, For The Ascension, For Whitsuntide.
Words and Original Music: Unknown.
Source: Emily Ayckbowm, ed., Hymns for the children of the church: with accompanying tunes. First Edition. (London: Church Extension Association, 1907), No. 98, p. 124.
When Jesus Christ our Lord
Ascended up to Heaven,
He spoke these loving words –
“My peace to you is given:
I will not leave you till the end,
The Comforter I soon will send.”
The solemn time was come,
The blessed Whitsun Day,
Within that upper room
The Apostles knelt to pray.
The women too, with one accord,
And Mary, mother of our LORD.
When the third hour came round,
And all were still in prayer,
They heard a mighty sound,
And knew hat God was there.
This rushing, mighty sound from Heaven
Told them the Comforter was given.
A gentle, kindly flame
Forth from the Father's light
On every head it came
And rested there in sight.
And then they spoke that wondrous word
Which drew men's hearts unto the Lord.
We pray Thee, God of Grace,
To keep Thy promise now
Draw us to seek Thy Face,
And when in prayer we we bow
The Spirit to Thy servants send,
And never leave us till the end. Amen.
Sheet music from Emily Ayckbowm, ed., Hymns for the children of the church: with accompanying tunes. First Edition. (London: Church Extension Association, 1907), No. 98, p. 124.
As we have seen elsewhere, it was not uncommon to see songs sung at Christmas that have little to do with the Nativity. In earlier centuries, the faithful sang songs that celebrated various episodes in the life of Christ, as well as his Birth.