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Hymns of My Youth: The Church’s One Foundation

Today’s hymn is from the “Church” section of the Concordia.

80 The Church’s One Foundation


The Church’s one foundation Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is His new creation By water and the Word:
From heaven He came and sought her To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her, And for her life He died.

Elect from every nation, Yet one o’er all the earth;
Her charter of salvation, One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses, Partakes one holy food;
And to one hope she presses, With ev’ry grace endued.

’Mid toil and tribulation, And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation Of peace forevermore;
Till, with the vision glorious Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious, Shall be the Church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion With those whose rest is won:
Oh, happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we,
Like them, the meek and lowly, On high may dwell with Thee.

The Concordia Hymnal (Augsburg Publishing House), 1960.

The traditional tune for this hymn, Aurelia, was written by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810–1876), grandson of Charles Wesley.

Posted 2010·11·06 by David Kjos
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