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By Request, ‘Christ Shall Have Dominion’

Susan asked for this one: Christ Shall Have Dominion. If It sounds like Onward, Christian Soldiers, it’s because both lyrics use the same melody by Arthur S. Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame, published in 1871. It doesn’t have to be fancy–three friends, a guitar, and a couple of hymnals will do the trick.

The first time I posted this hymn, somebody complained. I replied, “Well, then, who would you rather have dominion, other than Jesus Christ?” I never got an answer.


‘Christ Shall Have Dominion’

If you don’t already know this hymn, the first thing you’re going to think is, “Hey, that’s Onward, Christian Soldiers!” Actually it’s Christ Shall Have Dominion, but you’re right about one thing–the music is exactly the same. And that’s because the melody used in both hymns was composed by the same man–Arthur S. Sullivan, of Gilbert and Sullivan fame.

You might want to turn up the volume on this one. And pray: O Lord Our God, we long for the day when this your promise is fulfilled, and Christ reigns over all Creation!


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