Author: Sammlung von Liedern und Gesängen zum Lobe Gottes, Zürich, Switzerland, 1910 Composer: Rowland Hugh Prichard, 1830 (1811-1887)
1. Greetings be to you, our brethren, To our sisters in the Lord, Here from far and near assembled, Gathered here in one accord. Welcome, welcome All ye loved ones: Greetings in the Saviour’s name.
2. Peace and love impel the greeting, Greetings do our love impart; Christians greetings are a blessing, As a pray’r console the heart. There is comfort, peace and blessing, Of a greeting in the Lord.
3. Greetings to our faithful brethren, Heart and voice, we do employ; Wishing them the Father’s nearness, Tho’ their lot be we or joy. There’s a blessing in the greeting, Given in the Saviour’s name.
4. Farewell greetings, holy tokens, Fill the heart with pain and tears; Farewell, farewell, to our brethren, When are spent our earthly years. Resurrection, heav’nly greetings, In the presence of our Lord.
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!