Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

This hymn is used for Lauds in the Common of the Dedication of a Church in both Forms of the Roman Breviary. According to Fr. Britt, this hymn is a continuation of “Urbs Ierusalem Beata.” It was used for Nocturns for the Common of the Dedication of a Church in the Paris Breviary of 1736. It was also used for Lauds and Vespers II for the Office of the Dedication of a Church in the Sarum Breviary.

This is the text of the hymn as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867):

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, to-day:
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 Blessèd to retain,
And hereafter in Thy Glory
Evermore with Thee to reign.

(1)Praise and honour to the Father,
Praise and honour to the Son,
Praise and honour to the Spirit,
Ever Three, and ever One,
One in Might and One in Glory,
While eternal ages run. Amen.

Words: 7th Century Latin, unknown author; Tr. John Mason Neale, 1851, alt.
Tune:Westminster Abbey“, Henry Purcell, ca. 1680.

(1)This is a more common rendering of the last verse:

Laud and honor to the Father,
Laud and honor to the Son,
Laud and honor to the Spirit,
Ever Three and ever One;
Consubstantial, co-eternal,
While unending ages run.

The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.


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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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