Hail Redeemer, King Divine

Fr. Patrick Brennen, C.SS.R. (1877-1952) wrote the text for this hymn, which is sometimes suggested for use in the Divine Office for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14, Palm Sunday, and also for the feast of Christ the King. (If you’re new to the Divine Office, I invite you to pray these prayers in the evening on September 14 – give it a try – everything is all laid out for you.)

 

Hail Redeemer,King Divine (6)

 

Hail Redeemer, King Divine, (otherwise known as Praised be Jesus Christ, Our King) has been sung to several hymn tunes, but my favorite one is HYMN TO CHRIST THE KING. When the Brothers sing this with such gusto at our chapel, it is impossible not to feel inspired to action and loyalty to Christ the King. As a homeschooling mom, I also love the the stanza that begs, “King most holy, King of Truth: guard the lowly, guide the youth.” It makes for a great hymn to start off the school year!

Sheet Music

Sheet music found on Musica Sacra.

Singer’s version on Musescore I made. (Click “Download” on the right to print it)

Audio

Hail Redeemer, King Divine by erin.mcfarland.16

Text

Hail Redeemer, King divine!
Priest and Lamb, the throne is thine;
King, whose reign shall never cease,
Prince of everlasting peace.

Refrain:
Angels, saints and nations sing :
“Praised be Jesus Christ our King;
Lord of life, earth, sky and sea,
King of love on Calvary!”

King, whose name creation thrills,
Rule our hearts, our minds, our wills;
Till in peace, each nation rings
With Thy praises, King of kings.

Refrain:
Angels, saints and nations sing :
“Praised be Jesus Christ our King;
Lord of life, earth, sky and sea,
King of love on Calvary!”

King most holy, King of truth,
Guard the lowly, guide the youth;
Christ the King of glory bright,
be to us eternal light.

Refrain:
Angels, saints and nations sing :
“Praised be Jesus Christ our King;
Lord of life, earth, sky and sea,
King of love on Calvary!”

Crimson streams, O King of grace,
drenched thy thorn-crowned head and face;
floods of love’s redeeming tide
tore thy hands, thy feet, Thy side.

Refrain:
Sing all tongues, let none be dumb
“Sacred Heart, Thy Kingdom come!”
To the King of Ages then,
Honour, glory, love. Amen!

OR use this Refrain:
Sing with joy in ev’ry home :
“Christ our King, thy kingdom come!”
To the King of ages, then,
honour, glory, love : Amen!

 

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