Archive for December 2011

Philip Doddridge   2 comments

Above:  Philip Doddridge

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Great God, We Sing That Mighty Hand:

Hark! the Glad Sound! the Savior Comes:

Eternal Source of Every Joy:

O God of Bethel/O God of Jacob:

Tomorrow, Lord, is Thine:

See Israel’s Gentle Shepherd Stand:

My Gracious Lord, I Own Thy Right:

My God, and is Thy Table Spread:

Lord of the Sabbath, Hear Our Vows:

Jesus, My Lord, How Rich Thy Grace:

How Rich is Thy Bounty, King of Kings:

God of My Life:

Father of All, Thy Care We Bless:

Do I Not Love Thee, O My Lord:

Beset With Snares on Every Hand:

Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve:


Posted December 12, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Sources D

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Hark! the Glad Sound! the Savior Comes   2 comments

Above:  Adoration of the Shepherds, by Gerard van Honthorst

Image Source = Wikipedia

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

Words by Philip Doddridge (1702-1751), an English Congregationalist hymn writer


1.  Hark! the glad sound! the Savior comes,

the Savior promised long;

let every heart prepare a throne,

and every voice a song.

2.  He comes, the prisoners to release

in Satan’s bondage held;

the gates of brass before him burst,

the iron fetters yield.

3.  He comes, the broken heart to bind,

the bleeding soul to cure;

and with the treasures of his grace

to enrich the humble poor.

4.  Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,

thy welcome shall proclaim;

and heaven’s eternal arches ring

with thy beloved Name.

Johann Heermann   1 comment

Above:  Johann Heermann

Image Source = Image in the Public Domain

Johann Heermann (1585-1647) was a German Lutheran minister and one of the greatest hymn writers.


Grant, Lord Jesus, That My Healing:

O Christ, Our Light, O Radiance True:

Feed Thy Children, God Most Holy:

Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended:


Posted December 6, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Sources HI

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Grant, Lord Jesus, that My Healing   6 comments

Above:  What Our Saviour Saw from the Cross, by James Joseph Jacques Tissot (1836-1902)

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Hymn Source = Lutheran Worship (1982), of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

Original German words by Johann Heermann (1585-1647)

English Translation by F. Samuel Janzow (1913-2001), U.S. Lutheran pastor and professor of religion and English


1.  Grant, Lord Jesus, that my healing

In your holy wounds I find.

Cleanse my spirit, will, and feeling;

Heal my body, soul, and mind.

When some evil thought within

Tempts my wayward heart to sin,

Work in me for its eviction,

Weighted by your crucifixion.

2.  If some lust in current fashion

Rises like a fi’ry flood,

Draw me to your cross and Passion,

Quench the fire, Lord, by your blood.

Lest I to the tempter yield,

Let me front him with the shield,

Thorn-crowned, blood-marked tree displaying,

Sign the devils find dismaying.

3.  Beckoned by the world’s old question,

“Going my broad, easy road?”

Let me turn from its suggestion

To the agonizing load

Which for me you did endure.

Let me thus flee thoughts impure

Lest I toy with soiled emotions,

Losing joy in blest devotions.

4.  Where the wound is and the hurting,

Pour in oil and cleansing wine.

Let your cross, its pow’r asserting,

Touch my life with grace divine.

Ev’ry bitter cup make sweet,

Bread of comfort let me eart.

For you won my soul’s salvation

By your death for ev’ry nation.

5.  Jesus, rock of strength, my tower,

In your death I put my trust.

When you died, death lost its power,

When you rose, it turned to dust.

Let your bitter agony,

Suffered for us, comfort me.

Dying, Lord, in its protection,

I have life and resurrection.

O Christ, Our Light, O Radiance True   3 comments

Above:  The Sun

Image Source = Lykaestria

Hymn Source = Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Words by Johann Heermann (1585-1647)


1.  O Christ, our light, O Radiance true,

shine forth on those estranged from you,

and bring them to your home agan,

where their delight shall never end.

2.  Fill with the radiance of your grace

the wand’rers lost in error’s maze.

Set free all those whose hearts and minds

some deep delusion haunts and binds.

3.  Lord, open all reluctant ears

and take away the needless fears

of those who tremble to express

the faith their inmost hearts confess.

4.  Lord, let your mercy’s gentile ray

shine down on others strayed away.

To those in conscience wounded sore

show heaven’s waiting, open door.

5.  Make theirs with ours a single voice

uplifted, ever to rejoice

with wond’ring gratitude and praise to you,

O Lord, for boundless grace.

Feed Thy Children, God Most Holy   1 comment

Above:  Lutheran Eucharistic Adoration

Image Source = Wikipedia

Hymn Source = Lutheran Service Book (2006), of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

Original German Words by Johann Heermann (1585-1647)

English translation from The Lutheran Hymnal (1941)


Feed Thy children, God most holy;

Comfort sinners poor and lowly.

O Thou Bread of Life from heaven,

Bless the food Thou here hast given!

As these gifts the body nourish,

May our souls in graces flourish

Till with saints in heav’nly splendor

At thy feast due thanks we render.

Paul Gerhardt   1 comment

Above:  Paul Gerhardt

Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676) was one of the greatest of German hymn writers.

Image in the Public Domain


All My Heart This Night Rejoices:

O How Shall I Receive Thee:

How Can I Fitly Greet Thee:

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded:

Evening and Morning:

How Shall I Meet My Saviour:


Posted December 6, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Sources G

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How Can I Fitly Greet Thee   8 comments

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

Image Source = Wikipedia

Original German words by Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), Lutheran hymn writer

English translation by Z. Philip Ambrose, of the University of Vermont

Text source = Liner notes for the Dorian Recordings two-disc set of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio  (Catalog  Number DOR-93183 I, II)


How can I fitly greet Thee,

how rightly Thee extol?

Of Man the best Beloved,

thou treasure of my soul!

O Lord, I pray Thee carry

the torch to light my way,

that I may know thy pleasure

and serve Thee day by day!