As a child, Hellreigel immigrated to the USA from Germany. He joined the Precious Blood congregation, and was was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1914. He wrote the hymn in 1941, during the 2nd World War.
With meter of 188.8.131.52 with refrain, tunes it has been set to include:
- ICH GLAUB AN GOTT (Mainz Gesangbuch, 1870)
Sheet music for purchaseChoral (SATB) Score by James Chepponis. Parts for organ, optional handbells, brass quartet, timpani, percussion and congregation. Published by MorningStar Music Publishers (MN.60-8200A).
A very non-traditional version
LyricsTo Jesus Christ, our Sov'reign King,
Who is the world's salvation,
All praise and homage do we bring,
And thanks and adoration.
Christ Jesus Victor, Christ Jesus Ruler!
Christ Jesus, Lord and Redeemer!
2. Thy reign extend, O King benign,
To ev'ry land and nation,
For in Thy kingdom, Lord divine,
Alone we find salvation.
3. To Thee and to Thy Church, great King,
We pledge our hearts' oblation,
Until before Thy throne we sing,
In endless jubilation.