Hymns of Faith and Hope: Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

Hymns of Faith and Hope: Songs of Thankfulness and Praise January 4, 2021

Poet Christopher Wordsworth on his own text:

“[It is a] recapitulation of the successive manifestations of Christ, which have already been presented in the services of the former weeks throughout the season of Epiphany; and anticipation of that future great and glorious Epiphany, at which Christ will be manifest to all, when he will appear again to judge the world.”

I’d love to share some videos from other churches, but time and time again during this season, it’s St. John’s Church in Detroit with far and away the best videos and recordings. Their ministry is a great encouragement to me. I love the way they sing the ultimate lines of this hymn. “And may praise thee, ever blest / God in man made manifest.”

Songs of thankfulness and praise,
Jesus, Lord, to thee we raise,
manifested by the star
to the sages from afar;
branch of royal David’s stem
in thy birth at Bethlehem;
anthems be to thee addressed,
God in man made manifest.

Manifest at Jordan’s stream,
Prophet, Priest, and King supreme;
and at Cana, wedding-guest,
in thy Godhead manifest;
manifest in power divine,
changing water into wine;
anthems be to thee addressed,
God in man made manifest.

Manifest in making whole
palsied limbs and fainting soul;
manifest in valiant fight,

quelling all the devil’s might;
manifest in gracious will,
ever bringing good from ill;
anthems be to thee addressed,
God in man made manifest.

Grant us grace to see thee, Lord,
Mirrored in thy holy word;
May we imitate thee now,
And be pure, as pure art thou;
That we like to thee may be
At thy great epiphany;
And may praise thee, ever blest,
God in man made manifest. Amen.

 

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