Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Savior

Tune: Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns

Alternate Tune: 1533 Melody
  1. Jesus Christ, our blessèd Savior,
    Turned away God’s wrath forever;
    By His bitter grief and woe
    He saved us from the evil Foe.

  2. As His pledge of love undying
    He, this precious food supplying,
    Gives His body with the bread
    And with the wine the blood He shed.

  3. Whoso to this Board repaireth
    May take heed how he prepareth:
    For if he does not believe,
    Then death for life he shall receive.

  4. Praise the Father, who from heaven
    Unto us such food hath given
    And, to mend what we have done,
    Gave into death His only Son.

  5. Thou shalt hold with faith unshaken
    That this food is to be taken
    By the sick who are distressed,
    By hearts that long for peace and rest.

  6. To such grace and mercy turneth
    Ev’ry soul that truly mourneth;
    Art thou well? Avoid this Board,
    Else shalt thou reap an ill reward.

  7. Christ says: “Come, all ye that labor,
    And receive My grace and favor;
    They who feel no want or ill
    Need no physician’s help or skill.

  8. “Useless were for thee My Passion
    If thy works thy weal could fashion.
    This feast is not spread for thee
    If thine own savior thou wilt be.

  9. If thy heart this truth professes
    And thy mouth thy sin confesses,
    His dear guest thou here shalt be,
    And Christ Himself shall banquet thee.

  10. Sweet henceforth shall be thy labor,
    Thou shalt truly love thy neighbor;
    So shall he both taste and see
    What God thy Lord hath done in thee.

Jesus Christ, unser Heiland, der von uns
Martin Luther, 1524
Tr. composite
Source: Sts. 1–5, 7–9, The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, No. 311
Sts. 6, 10, tr. Richard Massie, as found in Leonard Woolsey Bacon, The Hymns of Martin Luther, 1884, No. 14

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Martin Luther

Martin Luther, 1483–1546, portrait by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1533

Author: Martin Luther
Source: Eyn Enchiridion oder Handbüchlein, Erfurt, 1524