Christ is made the sure foundation

Westminster Abbey. H.Purcell (1680)

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Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and corner stone,
chosen of the Lord, and precious,
binding all the Church in one;
holy Zion’s help for ever,
and her confidence alone.

All that dedicated city,
dearly loved of God on high,
in exultant jubilation
pours perpetual melody,
God the One in Three adoring
in glad hymns eternally.

To this temple where we call Thee
come, O Lord of Hosts, today;
with Thy wonted loving kindness
hear Thy people as they pray,
and Thy fullest benediction
shed within its walls alway.

Here vouchsafe to all Thy servants
what they ask of Thee to gain,
what they gain of Thee forever
with the blessed to retain,
and hereafter, in Thy glory
evermore with Thee to reign.

Praise and honour to the Father,
praise and honour to the Son,
praise and honour to the Spirit,
ever Three and ever One,
consubstantial, coeternal,
while unending ages run. Amen.

Latin, tr. J.M.Neale (1861)

Added: 4 March 2021 for 3rd Sunday of Lent, year B

Organ: Moseley