The Church’s one foundation

The Church’s one foundation
  Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is His new creation
  By water and the Word:
From heav’n He came and sought her
  To be His holy Bride;
With His own blood He bought her,
  And for her life He died.
Elect from every nation,
  Yet one o’er all the earth,
Her charter of salvation,
  One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses,
  Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
  With every grace endued.
’Mid toil and tribulation,
  And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
  Of peace for evermore;
Till, with the vision glorious,
  Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious
  Shall be the Church at rest.
Yet she on earth hath union
  With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
  With those whose rest is won:
O happy ones and holy!
  Lord, give us grace that we,
Like them, the meek and lowly,
  In love may dwell with Thee.

Oostburg, WI, United States

Oh! What Joy! I just found this site. I’m singing this and feeling my gramma one side of me and my grandpa on the other. My gramma always sang harmony. I can sing harmony too, up and down. It comes from the Spirit in these old hymns.


Fort Worth, Texas, United States

I dearly love this hymn, it strengthens my faith.


Dallas, TX, United States

Sometimes I crave hymns just like I crave food! I love this hymn.

Josephine Farrow

Premier, Vaud, Switzerland

I woke during the night and began singing this hymn which I haven't sung for years. I felt the Lord Jesus so close, and thanked Him for this beautiful hymn.

Tim Matas

Abilene, KS, United States

For years this beloved hymn was associated in my mind with those moving away from the orthodox Lutheran faith, belief and practice. Because of that I could not sing this song without breaking down and crying. And that is why they should have another verse in there:

The church will never perish, her dear Lord to defend

To guide, sustain and cherish, He's with her to the end

Though there be those that hate her,

False sons within her pale

Against both foe and TRAITOR the church shall e're prevail,

I am getting better and can usually sing it now without too much trouble -- Thank God

Jack Thompson


I love this hymn so much that sometimes I sing the first verse over and over again.

Bill Bolton

London, United Kingdom

Just found this excellent web site as I searched for the words 'and mystic sweet communion, with those whose rest is won' It is my daughter's birthday on Saturday. Her rest was won 18 months ago. This hymn lifted my spirit 'O happy ones and holy! Lord give us grace that we, Like them the meek and lowly, In love may dwell with Thee.'

Peggy Stewart

Boise, Idaho, United States

Our hearts are deeply troubled by the loss of hymns being sung in worship. We grew up in church and loved singing with fellow worshipers in four part harmony. Everyone sang and the message of those hymns brought people into a spirit of quiet worship. Now it is loud, and you couldn't hear others singing just the performers on stage who people clap for. It tries our patience and makes us want to walk out the door.

Dorothy Turner


I have been sick on Bed for over 11 days. Waking this this Hymn came to me. I have always Loved it. The words are a Blessing remind us that God is always with us in all situation.

Nangamso Siwayi

South Africa

Vivian Akosua Twum could not have said it better. I love this hymn. It's always a blessing to listen to it and meditate on the words.