Singing through the Year: Blessed Jesus, at Your Word

“Blessed Jesus, at Your Word” is one of the many hymns we sing from the Lutheran chorale tradition. The text is by the Lutheran pastor Tobias Clausnitzer and the tune is by the organist Johann Rudolf Ahle (the tune was later harmonized by J. S. Bach). Like many chorales, the translation we sing is by the English writer Catherine Winkworth.

To learn the basic hymnal-version of the hymn tune, check out this solo piano recording and this choral version. Cincinnatian Brenda Portman has a beautiful arrangement for solo voice. And if you would like to hear a solo organ arrangement, this one by Paul Manz is quite lovely.

Blessed Jesus, at Your Word

Blessed Jesus, at your word
we are gathered all to hear you.
Let our hearts and souls be stirred
now to seek and love and fear you.
By your gospel pure and holy,
teach us, Lord, to love you solely.

All our knowledge, sense, and sight
lie in deepest darkness shrouded,
till your Spirit breaks our night
with your beams of truth unclouded.
All good thoughts and all good living
come but by your gracious giving.

Glorious Lord, yourself impart;
Light of Light, from God proceeding.
Touch our lips and ears and heart;
help us by your Spirit’s pleading.
Hear the cry your church now raises;
hear, and bless our prayers and praises.

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Singing through the Year features a hymn related to next Sunday’s lectionary readings. Each hymn will be sung at the Presbyterian church where I am the organist.