When Morning Gilds the Skies Top Pick

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For Unison Choir with descant and keyboard. A fresh new tune highlights the text by Robert Bridges. Have your sopranos sing the descant or have an instrument play it. Either way, a wonderful anthem for summer!

Note: Several of the Psalms begin and end with fervent declarations of praise, such as this: “Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! … Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 113:1,9). Likewise, from the opening lines of early morning praise to the final couplet about eternal praise before the throne of God in heaven, this hymn has the constant refrain, “May Jesus Christ be praised.”


When morning gilds the skies,
our hearts awaking cries:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
When evening shadows fall,
This rings my curfew call.
May Jesus Christ be praised! 

When mirth for music longs,
this is my song of songs:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
God's holy house of prayer
hath none that can compare
with "Jesus Christ be praised!"

No lovelier antiphon
in all high Heav’n is known
Than, Jesus Christ be praised!
There to the eternal Word
the eternal psalm is heard:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Sing, suns and stars of space,
sing, ye that see His face,
Sing, Jesus Christ be praised!
God’s whole creation o’er,
for now and evermore
Shall Jesus Christ be praised!