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Church Building and Consecration

457. Christ is made the sure foundation

Regent Square:

Henry Smart, 1866

Urbs Beata:

Sarum Plainsong, Mode II

Latin, 7th cent.;

Tr. John Mason Neale, 1861

Christ is made the sure foundation,

Christ the head and cornerstone,

Chosen of the Lord, and precious,

Binding all the Church in one;

Holy Sion's help for ever,

And her confidence alone.

All that dedicated city,

Dearly loved of God on high,

In exultant jubilation

Pours perpetual melody;

God the One in Three adoring

In glad hymns eternally.

To this temple, where we call thee,

Come, O Lord of Hosts, today;

With thy wonted loving-kindness,

Hear thy servants as they pray:

And thy fullest benediction

Shed within its walls alway.

Here vouchsafe to all thy servants

What they ask of thee to gain,

What they gain from thee, for ever

With the blessed to retain,

And hereafter in thy glory

Evermore with thee to reign.


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