Praise to You O Christ our Saviour

Christ risen in glory, with is face inclined towards earth, looking at his beloved people and receiving their Praise to you, O Christ, our Saviorr, Word of the Father, calling us to life; Son of God who leads us to freedom: glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ! 1 You are the Word who calls us out of darkness; you are the Word who leads us into light; you are the Word who brings us through the desert: glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ! 2 You are the one whom prophets hoped and longed for; you are the one who speaks to us today; you are the one who leads us to our future: glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ! 3 You are the Word who calls us to be servants; you are the Word whose only law is love; you are the Word – made flesh who lives among us: glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ! 4 You are the Word who binds us and unites us: you are the Word who calls us to be one; you are the Word who teaches us forgiveness: glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
This Christ-centered hymn of praise was written by by English Roman Catholic composer, church-musician and social-justice activist Bernadette Farrell (b 1957).

It was first published in 1986 by the American-based OCP Publications.   Since then it has been included in both US, UK and Australian hymnals.   It is widely used as a congregational hymn, but it doesn't appear to have been recorded by any other singers.

Also, although it is written as a full hymn, some people have noted that the chorus alone can be used as a Gospel Acclamation during Lent in Roman Catholic church services.

It is set to an unnamed tune, also by Farrell. This has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of Em, the first few notes of the chorus melody are E ED E B A GA B E with accompanying chords Em / Bm / Em / Am / D / Em.




Downloads



Examples


Choir and congregation with piano - very fast rendition:



Official recording, choir with organ:

 


Cantor and congregation, piano accompaniment - with clear view of the piano:


Small choir with Guitar and keyboard:



Cantor and choir with guitar and violin:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
Praise to you, O Christ, our Saviour,
Word of the Father, calling us to life;
Son of God who leads us to freedom:
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

1 You are the Word who calls us out of darkness ...
Gory to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

2 You are the one whom prophets hoped and longed for ...

3 You are the Word who calls us to be servants ...

4 You are the Word who binds us and unites us ...


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