The Church’s One Foundation : Recording
- Tune: Aurelia composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810 – 1876). Public Domain.
- Performance ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved. ISRC UKTU21900017
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The Church’s One Foundation : Lyrics
The Church’s one foundation
is Jesus Christ her Lord;
she is his new creation,
by water and the word:
from heaven he came and sought her
to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her,
and for her life he died.
Elect from every nation,
yet one o’er all the earth,
her charter of salvation,
one Lord, one faith, one birth;
one holy Name she blesses,
partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses,
with every grace endued.
Mid toil and tribulation,
and tumult of her war
she waits the consummation
of peace for evermore;
till with the vision glorious
her longing eyes are blessed,
and the great Church victorious
shall be the Church at rest.
Yet she on earth hath union
with God, the Three in one,
and mystic sweet communion
with those whose rest is won.
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we
like them, the meek and lowly,
on high may dwell with thee.
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Lyricist : Samuel John Stone (1839-1900).
Samuel John Stone (1839-1900) was was an English poet, hymnodist, and an ordained minister in the Church of England. He is chiefly remembered for his hymn The Church’s one foundation. The son of a clergyman, William Stone, he was born born at his father’s rectory in the parish of Whitmore, Staffordshire.
Following his schooling at Charterhouse he went up to Pembroke College, Oxford, gaining a BA in 1862 and being awarded an MA in 1872. He served a curacy in Windsor, Berkshire from 1862, then at St. Paul’s, Haggerston from 1870, where, in 1874 he became the minister.
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