The Infant Priest

This is a performance by the Kantorei of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, of one of the hymns I’ve written. It was my first hymn, and still my favorite. It was published in Hymnal Supplement ’98, as well as the Lutheran Service Book. The setting is by Thomas E. Lock.

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3 thoughts on “The Infant Priest

  1. This is, I think, a classic, and will join the ranks of the great hymns of the Faith.

  2. It helps to see the lyrics as the hymn is played.

    1 The infant Priest was holy born
    For us unholy and forlorn;
    From fleshly temple forth came He,
    Anointed from eternity.

    2 This great High Priest in human flesh
    Was icon of God’s righteousness.
    His hallowed touch brought sanctity;
    His hand removed impurity.

    3 The holy Lamb undaunted came
    To God’s own altar lit with flame;
    While weeping angels hid their eyes,
    This Priest became a sacrifice.

    4 But death would not the victor be
    Of Him who hung upon the tree.
    He leads us to the Holy Place
    Within the veil, before God’s face.

    5 The veil is torn, our Priest we see,
    As at the rail on bended knee
    Our hungry mouths from Him receive
    The bread of immortality.

    6 The body of God’s Lamb we eat,
    A priestly food and priestly meat;
    On sin-parched lips the chalice pours
    His quenching blood that life restores.

    7 With cherubim and seraphim
    Our voices join the endless hymn,
    And “Holy, holy, holy” sing
    To Christ, God’s Lamb, our Priest and King.

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