Only Begotten, Word of God Eternal   4 comments

Above:  Procession at the Ordination of Deacons, August 6, 2011, Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/DeaconOrdination#5638515871829723154)

Original Latin words from the 800s C.E.; English translation by Maxwell Julius Blacker (1822-1888), a priest of The Church of England

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

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1.  Only begotten, Word of God eternal,

Lord of creation, merciful and mighty,

hear now thy servants when their joyful voices rise to thy presence.

2.  This is thy temple; here thy presence-chamber;

here may thy servants, at the mystic banquet,

humbly adoring, take thy Body broken, drink of thy chalice.

3.  Here in our sickness healing grace aboundeth,

light in our blindness, in our toil refreshment:

sin is forgiven, hope o’er fear prevaileth, joy over sorrow.

4.  Hallowed this dwelling where the LORD abideth,

this is none other than the gate of heaven;

strangers and pilgrims, seeking homes eternal, pass through its portals.

5.  Lord, we beseech thee, as we throng thy temple,

by thy past blessings, by the present bounty,

favor thy children, and with tender mercy hear our petitions.

6.  God in three Persons, Father everlasting,

Son coeternal, everblessed Spirit,

thine be the glory, praise and adoration, now and forever.

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