“Alleluia sing to Jesus” was written by William C Dix in 1867- there’s a reason this series is called ancient hymns. William wrote over 40 hymns in his sixty plus years on earth 1837 -1898, he was thirty years old when he wrote this hymn that has blessed millions of people around the world especially Anglicans. He wrote it as a eucharistic song and it is used that way till tomorrow.
Today’s hymn is my favourite hymn, absolute favourite. I love this hymn beyond what words can express, any time I sing it I feel different. There’s a special connection to heaven that comes with this song for me. Like I said earlier, it’s a eucharistic song and it lifts my spirit when I see it on the schedule for holy communion service.
Alleluia! sing to Jesus! His the scepter, His the throne.
Alleluia! His the triumph, His the victory alone.
Hark! the songs of peaceful Zion thunder like a mighty flood.
Jesus out of every nation has redeemed us by His blood.
Alleluia! not as orphans are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us, faith believes, nor questions how;
Though the cloud from sight received Him when the forty days were o’er
Shall our hearts forget His promise, “I am with you evermore”
Alleluia! bread of angels, Thou on earth our food, our stay;
Alleluia! here the sinful flee to Thee from day to day:
Intercessor, Friend of sinners, Earth’s Redeemer, plead for me,
Where the songs of all the sinless sweep across the crystal sea.
Alleluia! King eternal, Thee the Lord of lords we own;
Alleluia! born of Mary, earth Thy footstool, Heav’n Thy throne:
Thou within the veil hast entered, robed in flesh our great High Priest;
Thou on earth both priest and victim in the Eucharistic feast.
I’ve always wanted this song to be sang at my wedding and when I’d be buried too if Jesus tarries, but I wondered if they’d allow a eucharist song for a wedding. Somehow I saw it as a wedding song but I hadn’t seen it or other eucharistic songs used at the few weddings I’ve attended. Two years ago I saw my aunty’s wedding programme which I was the little bride, I was only three. The song was one of the songs that were used for the service. I realised two things, the first was that my love for that song and my visions of using the song came from that wedding. The second thing is, some desires aren’t so foolish in the cold light of day.