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Hymn to St Peter

Hymn to St Peter is a Festival Anthem for 8-part choir (SSAATTBB). It was written for the Glasgow University Chapel Choir, cond Stuart Campbell. This recording is by the Astra Chamber Choir (Melbourne), cond John McCaughey.

It is a setting of the ancient Latin hymn Aeterne Christi munera, attributed to Saint Ambrose (340-397), and translated by the best-known of all Victorian translators of medieval hymns, the Rev John Mason Neale (1818-1866). The hymn setting is preceded by the well-known 'Keys of the Kingdom' text from Matthew 16:18-19, in the authorised version of 1611, and followed by the Doxology from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church;
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven:

The eternal gifts of Christ the king,
the apostles' glory, let us sing;
and all with hearts of gladness, raise
due hymns of thankful love and praise

For they the church's princes are,
triumphant leaders in the war,
in heavenly courts a warrior band,
true lights to lighten every land.

Theirs is the steadfast faith of saints
and hope that never yields or faints,
and love of Christ in perfect glow
that lays the prince of this world low.

In them the Father's glory shone,
in them the will of God the Son,
in them exults the Heavenly Ghost,
through them rejoice the heavenly host.

To you, redeemer, now we cry,
that you would join to them on high
your servants, who this grace implore,
for ever and for evermore.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.