Scripture Verse

If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. 1 Thessalonians 4:14

Introduction

Words: Anon­y­mous, in the Mis­sal of Li­ège, 1502 (De pro­fun­dis ex­cla­man­tes). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to En­glish by Ri­chard F. Lit­tle­dale in the Peo­ple’s Hymn­al, 1867, alt.

Music: Bryn­tir­i­on As­can H. Lut­ter­oth (1802–1889) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Ad Pe­ren­nis Vi­tae Fon­tem, re­port­ed­ly from the Tours Brev­i­ary (🔊 pdf nwc)

Lyrics

Christ, enthroned in highest Heaven,
Hear us crying from the deep,
For the faithful ones departed,
For the souls of all that sleep;
As Thy kneeling Church entreateth,
Hearken, Shepherd of the sheep.

King of Glory, hear our voices,
Grant Thy faithful rest, we pray;
We have sinned, and may not bide it,
If Thou mark our steps astray;
Yet we plead the saving Victim,
Which for them we bring today.

That which Thou Thyself hast offered
To Thy Father, offer we;
Let it win for them a blessing,
Bless them, Jesu, set them free;
They are Thine, they wait in patience;
Merciful and gracious be.

They are Thine, O take them quickly,
Thou their Hope, O raise them high;
Ever hoping, ever trusting,
Unto Thee they strive and cry;
Day and night, both morn and even,
Be, O Christ, their Guardian nigh.

Let Thy plenteous loving-kindness,
On them, as we pray, be poured;
Let them through Thy boundless mercy,
From all evil be restored;
Hearken to the voices pleading
Of Thy Church, O gracious Lord.

Hear and answer prayers devoutest,
Break, O Lord, each binding chain,
Dash the gates of death asunder,
Quell the devil and his train;
Bring the souls which Thou hast ransomed
Evermore in joy to reign.