Scripture Verse

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15


Words: Un­known au­thor (Chris­te Re­demp­tor om­ni­um Ex Pa­tre Patris uni­ce). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Hen­ry W. Bak­er in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1859.

Music: Er­furt Geist­liche Lied­er (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1539) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Henry W. Baker (1821–1877)


O Christ, Re­deem­er of our race,
Thou bright­ness of the Fa­ther’s face,
Of Him, and with Him ev­er one,
Ere times and sea­sons had be­gun.

Thou art that ve­ry light of light,
Unfailing hope in sin’s dark night,
Hear Thou the pray­ers Thy peo­ple pray,
The wide world o’er, this bless­èd day.

Remember, Lord of life and grace,
How once, to save a ru­ined race,
Thou didst our ve­ry flesh as­sume
In Ma­ry’s un­de­filèd womb.

Today, as year by year its light
Sheds o’er the world a ra­di­ance bright,
One pre­cious truth is ech­oed on,
’Tis Thou hast saved us, Thou alone.

Thou from the Fa­ther’s throne didst come
To call His ban­ished child­ren home;
And Heav’n, and earth, and sea and shore
His love who sent Thee here adore.

And glad­some too are we to­day,
Whose guilt Thy blood has washed away;
Redeemed the new made song we sing;
It is the birth­day of our king.

O Lord, the vir­gin born, to Thee
Eternal praise and glo­ry be,
Whom with the Fa­ther we adore
And Ho­ly Ghost for­ev­er­more.