Face To Face Hymn Story
Face to Face hymn was a collaboration between Mrs. Breck and Grant Tullar. Mrs. Breck provided the poem while the music was provided by Grant Tullar.
It took a single day for the words to come together with music.
The music was originally created for a different song by Grant Colfax Tullar.
This is how it happened.
In 1898 Grant Colfax Tullar, a musician was attending an evangelistic seminar held in New Jersey. During the meetings, the people assisting the meetings gathered in a pastor's house for a snack.
Grant Colfax Tullar was known to like a certain jelly so the pastor and his wife handed him an almost empty jar. Tullar is reported to have said, "So, this is all for me, is it?"
It was this incident that inspired Tullar to compose the words and music to a new hymn. The hymn went: "All for me the Savior suffered...all for me He bled and died".
He later that night had the congregation sing this new song. Unfortunately, it was not enthusiastically received.
The following day, the musician received a letter from Mrs. Frank Beck. The letter contained a number of poems and Mrs. Frank wanted Tullar to write music to these poems.
One of the poems was entitled, "Face to Face". After reading this poem the musician saw that the words of this poem fitted perfectly with the music of his song that was not enthusiastically received the day before.
He, therefore, added that song's music to this poem, "Face to Face". With that was born a hymn that blessed people then and continues to do so now.
It is a beautiful piece that speaks eloquently about the anticipation of meeting face to face with our savior, Jesus Christ.
More Details About Mrs. Frank A Breck
Carrie Elizabeth Ellis was born in 1855 in Walden, Vermont. She, however, grew up in New Jersey where her family moved in 1863.
She was not well educated but enjoyed writing. She was mostly known as Mrs. Frank A Breck in accordance with the older custom of using your husband's name but at times she used the name, Carrie Ellis Breck.
Mrs. Breck and her husband were members of the Presbyterian church.
Throughout her life, she composed hundreds of songs.
She was assisted by many famous musicians who added music to her poems. These musicians included Edwin O Excell, Daniel B Towner, Charles Gabriel, and William Kirkpatrick.
Another popular hymn that she wrote is "When love shines in".
Face To Face Hymn Lyrics
Face to face with Christ, my Savior,
Face to face—what will it be,
When with rapture I behold Him,
Jesus Christ who died for me?
Face to face I shall behold Him,
Far beyond the starry sky;
Face to face in all His glory,
I shall see Him by and by!
Only faintly now, I see Him,
With the darkling veil between,
But a blessed day is coming,
When His glory shall be seen.
What rejoicing in His presence,
When are banished grief and pain;
When the crooked ways are straightened,
And the dark things shall be plain.
Face to face! O blissful moment!
Face to face—to see and know;
Face to face with my Redeemer,
Jesus Christ who loves me so.
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Below is a video featuring this song.
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