#289 Holy Temples on Mount Zion

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1. Holy temples on Mount Zion
In a lofty splendor shine,
Avenues to exaltation,
Symbols of a love divine.
And their kindly portals beckon
To serenity and prayer,
Valiant children of the promise,
Pledged to sacred service there.

2. Merciful and gracious Father,
Purify our hearts, we pray;
Bless our mission of redemption
In thy hallowed house each day,
Till at length our faithful kindred,
Sealed with us eternally
In celestial bonds of union,
Sing hosannas unto thee.

3. Sing aloud, ye heav’nly chorus,
Anthems of eternal praise
To the glorious King Immanuel!
Sing with Saints of latter days!
Let the mountains shout for gladness,
And the valleys joyful be,
While the stars acclaim in rapture,
For the prisoners shall go free.

Text: Archibald F. Bennett, 1896-1965. (c) 1948 IRI
Music: Alexander Schreiner, 1901-1987. (c) 1948 IRI

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: Archibald F. Bennett

Archibald Fowler Bennett (March 17, 1896 – August 28, 1965) was a longtime employee of the Genealogical Society of Utah who was such a figure in the promotion of family historyresearch in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that he became known as “Mr. Genealogy”.[1]

Alexander Schreiner, Tabernacle Organist and fellow Sunday School Board member asked Bennett to write the words for a hymn on temple service for a new hymn book to be published in 1948. “Holy Temples on Mount Zion” was the poem chosen from the two he wrote, and was set to music by Schreiner. It is hymn #289 in the 1985 English-language LDS Hymnal.

Music By: Alexander Schreiner

Alexander Schreiner (July 31, 1901 – September 15, 1987) was one of the most noted organists of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. He also wrote the music to several LDS hymns, several of which are in the current edition of the hymn book of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Besides his many hymns, Schriener wrote a book entitled Organ Voluntaries.

Schriener wrote the music to the following hymns in the 1985 English edition of the Latter-day Saint hymnal:

  • Truth Eternal (#4)
  • Lead Me Into Life Eternal (#45)
  • Thy Spirit, Lord, Has Stirred Our Souls (#157)
  • While of These Emblems We Partake (Aeolian) (#174)
  • God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son (#187)
  • In Memory of the Crucified (#190)
  • Lord, Accept into thy Kingdom (#236)
  • Behold Thy Sons and Daughters Lord (#238)
  • Holy Temples on Mount Zion (#289)