Come Thou Almighty King | Christ the King Sunday Hymn of the Week

This Sunday is Christ the King Sunday, when we celebrate Jesus as our Almighty King and reigning Lord!

When you sing this hymn, notice how each verse talks about a different person in the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), and how they are each present to us in different ways. In the final verse, we affirm God’s sovereign majesty and praise him as our King!

Lyrics

Come, thou almighty King,
help us thy name to sing;
help us to praise.
Father all-glorious,
o’er all victorious,
come and reign over us,
Ancient of Days.

Come, thou incarnate Word,
gird on thy mighty sword;
our prayer attend.
Come and thy people bless,
and give thy Word success,
and let thy righteousness
on us descend.

Come, holy Comforter,
thy sacred witness bear
in this glad hour!
Thou, who almighty art,
now rule in ev’ry heart,
and ne’er from us depart,
Spirit of pow’r.

To thee, great One in Three,
eternal praises be
hence evermore!
Thy sov’reign majesty
may we in glory see,
and to eternity
love and adore.

Text: Anonymous (1757)
Music: ITALIAN HYMN, Felice Giardini (c. 1762)
Meter: 6.6.4.6.6.6.4
Copyright: Public Domain

The first verse of "Come Thou Almighty King" is written over a hazy illustration of a king.


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This fun version has an added refrain!


additional resources

Hymnary

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