79. O Christ, Redeemer of our race

1 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;

2 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.

3 Remember, Lord of life and grace,
how once, to save a ruined race,
thou didst our very flesh assume
in Mary’s undefilèd womb.

4 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.

5 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.

6 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.

7 O Lord, the virgin-born, to thee
eternal praise and glory be,
whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Ghost forevermore.

Text Information
First Line: O Christ, Redeemer of our race
Latin Title: Christe redemptor omnium, ex patre patris unice
Author: Anonymous
Translator: Henry Williams Baker, 1821-1877
Meter: L.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 2010
Topic: Hymns for the Church Year: Christmas
Notes: Another setting of VOM HIMMEL HOCH (ERFURT) is found at 57
Tune Information
Composer: Valentin Schumann, fl. 1st half of 16th century
Arranger: Anonymous
Meter: L.M.
Key: C Major
Source: Geistliche Lieder, 1539

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