These Are the Facts As We Have Received Them

These are the facts as we have received them

Author: Michael Saward (1971)
Published in 8 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

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Source: Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #511

Author: Michael Saward

Michael John Saward (b. Blackheath, Kent, England, 1932) was residentiary Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, and a church commissioner and member of the general synod of the Church of England. Educated at Eltham College, Bristol University, and Tyndale Hall, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1956. Saward served in several congregations and was radio and television officer for the Church Information Office (1967-1972). His publications include Leisure (1963), Couldn’t Care Less (1966), Don't Miss the Party (1974), and All Change (1983). Associated with the Jubilate Group for a number of years, he has written some sixty hymns and served as text editor for Hymns for Today's Church (1982). Bert Polman Go to person page >

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First Line: These are the facts as we have received them
Title: These Are the Facts As We Have Received Them
Author: Michael Saward (1971)
Language: English
Copyright: © 1973, Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission


Scripture References:
st. 1 = 1 Cor. 15: 1-4
st. 2 = 1 Cor. 15:3, 22
st. 3 = Gal. 2:20, Rom. 8:10-11
st. 4 = 1 Cor. 15:51-57
st. 5 = 1 Cor. 15:1-4

Michael Saward (PHH 16) wrote this creedal text about the mighty acts of God in 1971. It was published in the British Psalm Praise (1973) as an alternate text to the liturgical Easter canticle "Christ Our Passover Is Sacrificed for Us."

Drawing mainly on Paul's resurrection discourse in 1 Corinthians 15, the text confesses the basic doctrines of Christianity and helps us focus on the objective truth of what God has done for his people in Christ. "These Are the Facts" simply states the biblical facts of Christ's death and resurrection and of his work of redemption, which is the heart of the Christian gospel.

Liturgical Use:
A creedal hymn or canticle for Easter and other festive worship services; substitute this hymn for saying or singing one of the other creeds.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



Norman L. Warren (PHH 15), a clergyman in Leamington Spa, England, composed YVONNE in 1972 for this text. Text and tune were published together in Psalm Praise (1973). The tune is named in honor of Warren's wife. With its stepwise motion and strong rhythmic patterns, YVONNE is easily singable. Sing…

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