Scripture Verse

We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10

Introduction

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William Bright
1824–1901

Words: Will­iam Bright, 1865.

Music: Al­ba­no Vin­cent F. No­vel­lo (1781–1861). First pub­lished in the ap­pendix to Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1868, from No­vel­lo’s orig­in­al ma­nu­script (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Vincent Novello
1781–1861
National Portrait Gallery

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Lyrics

Once, only once, and once for all,
His precious life He gave;
Before the cross in faith we fall,
And own it strong to save.

One off’ring, single and complete,
With lips and hearts we say;
But what He ne­ver can repeat
He shows forth day by day.

For as the priest of Aaron’s line
Within the holiest stood,
And sprinkled all the mercy shrine
With sacrificial blood;

So He, who once atonement wrought,
Our Priest of endless power,
Presents Himself for those He bought
In that dark noontide hour.

His manhood pleads where now it lives
On heaven’s eter­nal throne,
And where in mystic rite He gives
Its presence to His own.

And so we show Thy death, O Lord,
Till Thou again appear,
And feel, when we approach Thy board,
We have an altar here.