Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sing-Along Wednesday -- Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies

Since this Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday, I figured that this one would be a good one to sing:

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only Light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise,
Triumph o’er the shades of night;
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Day-star, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn
Unaccompanied by Thee;
Joyless is the day’s return
Till Thy mercy’s beams I see;
Till they inward light impart,
Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine,
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, Radiancy divine,
Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more Thyself display,
Shining to the perfect day.

Charles Wesley wrote the hymn in 1740. It has been sung to many tunes; the United Methodist Hymnal (1989) prints it to the tune Ratisbon.

What strikes me about this hymn is that it also works very well for Advent and the Easter Vigil. Christ is our light, and in times of darkness his light shines on.

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