#181: Onward, Christian Soldiers

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

This hymn has fallen out of favor in an age where religion is seen as peaceful, even passive. But like G.K Chesterton, I agree the faith is fully peaceful and fully militant. For that reason, among others I like this song, and always have.

1

Onward, Christian soldiers, Marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus Going on before!

Christ, the royal Master, Leads against the foe;

Forward into battle See His banner go!

REFRAIN

Onward, Christian soldiers, Marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus, Going on before!

2

At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee;

On, then, Christian soldiers, On to victory!

Hell’s foundations quiver At the shout of praise;

Brothers, lift you voices, Loud your anthems raise!

REFRAIN

3

Like a might army Moves the Church of God;

Brothers, we are treading Where the saints have trod.

We are not divided, All one body we —

One in hope and doctrine, One in charity.

REFRAIN

4

Onward then, ye people, Join our happy throng;

Blend with ours your voices In the triumph song.

Glory, laud and honor Unto Christ the King —

This thru countless ages Men and angels sing.

REFRAIN

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