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O Father Above Us   1 comment

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Above:  Camp Mikell, Near Toccoa, Georgia, October 25, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Words by Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)

Hymn Source = Hymnbook for Christian Worship (1970), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Baptist Convention

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1.  O Father above us, our father in might,

All live by thy love, as the flowers in light;

Our father and mother and maker art thou.

Forward!  Forward ever, forward now!

2.  In thee move the infinite stars on their rounds,

The planets, the sun, and the moon in their bounds,

As they kindle and glitter and sparkle and glow:

Onward!  Onward ever, onward now!

3.  O Father in heaven, our father on earth,

Thou makest new life in each seed and each birth;

The inventor, designer, and artist art thou.

Forward!  Forward ever, forward now!

4.  We praise thee, O Father of infinite might,

We thank thee for life and for love and for light,

We pray thee thy treasure on all to bestow:

Onward!  Onward ever, onward go!

When By Fear My Heart Is Daunted   1 comment

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Above:  St. Christopher’s at the Crossroads Episcopal Church, Perry, Georgia, October 27, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Words (1931) by Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1935)

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1.  When by fear my heart is daunted,

Thou dost hold me in Thy hand;

Prayerless, anxious, vainly haunted,

Thou dost make my courage stand:

Foolish worries, fretting troubles,

Melt away at Thy command.

2.  God, Thou art unfailing treasure,

Refuge Thou, and faithful Friend;

Thy resources none can measure,

Naught Thy steadfastness can bend.

Life and light and love immortal,

Firmly we on Thee depend.

3.  Held by love, to peace I win me,

Confident whate’er betide;

Safe in hope, Thy spirit in me,

With th’eternal power I hide;

Strength and health are mine, and valor–

Bravely over care I ride.

Life is Good, For God Contrives It   2 comments

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Above:  Easter Vigil, St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia, March 31, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Words (1931) by Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1935)

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1.  Life is good, for God contrives it,

Deep on deep its wonder lies;

Death is good, for man survives it,

Lives again in better guise:

This they knew the night they hailed Him,

When He came thro’ that which veiled Him,

Alleluia, Alleluia!

Smiling, wonderful, and wise.

2.  Failure cuts the way to triumph,

Winter shapes the leaves of spring;

Easter came because the Master

Loved the light of truth to bring.

Vainly priests in hatred slew Him;

He came back, His loved ones knew Him,

Alleluia, Alleluia!

Where, O death, is now thy sting?

3.  Lord, in Thee shines man’s perfection–

King and selfless, strong, and brave;

And Thy life and resurrection

Tells of joy beyond the grave.

All mankind is nobled thro’ Thee;

All are brothers coming to Thee,

Alleluia, Alleluia!

Thine the power to guide and save.

St. Venantius Honorius Clementius Fortunatus   Leave a comment

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Above:  Venantius Fortunatus Reading His Poems to Radegonda VI, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

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St. Venantius Honorius Clementius Fortunatus (died 600/609) was the Bishop of Pontiers.

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Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/sing-my-tongue-the-glorious-battle/

Hail Thee, Festival Day (Easter):

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/hail-thee-festival-day-easter/

The Royal Standard Forward Goes:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/the-royal-standard-forward-goes/

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Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle   5 comments

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Above:  Pieta, Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Atlanta, Georgia, Good Friday, March 28, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Original Latin text by St. Venantius Hororius Clementius Fortunatus (died 600/609), Bishop of Pontiers

English translation (1931) by Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)

Hymn Source = The United Methodist Hymnal (1989), of The United Methodist Church

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1.  Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle, sing the ending of the fray;

now above the cross the trophy, sound the loud triumphant lay;

tell how Christ, the world’s Redeemer, as a victim won the day.

2.  Tell how, when at length the fullness of th’appointed time was come,

Christ, the Word, was born of woman, left for us his heavenly home;

showed us human life made perfect, shone as light amid the gloom.

3.  Thus, with thirty years accomplished, went he forth from Nazareth,

destined, dedicated, willing, wrought his work, and met his death.

Like a lamb he humbly yielded on the cross his dying breath.

4.  Faithful cross, thou sign of triumph, now for us the noblest tree,

none in foliage, none in blossom, none in fruit they peer may be;

symbol of the world’s redemption, for the weight that hung on thee.

5.  Unto God be praise and glory:  to the Father and the Son,

to th’eternal Spirit honor now and evermore be done;

praise and glory in the highest, while unending ages run.

The Whole Bright World Rejoices Now   2 comments

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Above:  Easter Vigil, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia, March 31, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Original text by Friedrich von Spee (1591-1635)

English translation by Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

Hilariter” is Latin for “joyfully.”

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1.  The whole bright world rejoices now,

Hilariter, hilariter!

The birds do sin on every bough,

Alleulia, alleulia!

2.  Then shout beneath the racing skies,

Hilariter, hilariter!

To him who rose that we might rise,

Alleuluia, alleluia!

3.  And all you living things make praise,

Hilariter, hilariter!

He guideth you on all your ways,

Alleluia, alleluia!

4.  To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Hilariter, hilariter!

Our God most high, our joy and boast,

Alleluia, alleluia!

To the Name That Is Salvation   1 comment

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Above:  The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright, Bishop of Atlanta, at St. Christopher’s at the Crossroads Episcopal Church, Perry, Georgia, October 27, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Words (1931) by Percy Dearmer  (1867-1936)

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1935)

The 1937 companion volume to that hymnal tells me that Dearmer composed this text as “another hymn about God” to fit the tune “Oriel.”

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1.  To the Name that is salvation,

Praise and homage let us pay;

Life of every generation,

Law that all the stars obey;

Love and light by whose creation

All that is stands fast today.

2.  Fairest Name beyond all speaking,

Fullest end of all desire;

Close, yet far beyond all seeking,

Goodness, beauty, truth, entire;

Wisdom, never vengeance wreaking,

Radiance never vexed with ire.

3.  ‘Tis the Name of mercy, speeding

Just and unjust with His ray;

Power that rules by patient leading,

Not by force, the easier way;

So that man, in freedom heading,

May the law of love obey.

4.  Name of aw and Name of pleasure,

Glow divine of grace untold;

Sum of values, whose full treasure

Striving art can ne’er unfold;

Sea of virtue passing measure,

Life that doth all life uphold.

5.  Hail, O Father, all creating,

Now, as when the world began;

Master Mind, amazed we hail Thee,

As the light-year depths we scan;

Spirit of transcendent union,

True and just Thy ways to man!