Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest

Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest. George Wallace Briggs* (1875-1959). Published in SofPE (1931). This fine hymn for Holy Communion begins and ends with the experience of the two disciples at Emmaus (Luke 24: 28ff), though stanza 2 refers to the Last Supper. In its first printing, stanza 1 line 4 was altered to ‘In this our sacrament of bread and wine’ at the request of Percy Dearmer*. Briggs recalled that Dearmer ‘was not prepared — at that stage of his life, for his doctrinal pilgrimage was a strangely chequered one —’ to say that Christ ordered the continuance of the Sacrament. He therefore begged leave to alter ‘In thine own sacrament’ to ‘In this our sacrament’. I reluctantly...

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