O How Holy Is This Place   2 comments


Above:  The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, January 23, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original German Words by Benjamin Schmolck (1672-1737)

English Translation by Alfred Ramsey (1860-1926)

Hymn Source = Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary (1996), Evangelical Lutheran Synod


1.  O how holy is this place

Where the Lord a house hath given!

Here we come before His face;

This must be the gate of heaven.

Here His Word proclaims His grace.

O how holy is this place!

2.  Thousand thanks, great God, arise

Unto Thee, in grace excelling.

Who, though filling all the skies,

Yet dost make this house Thy dwelling,

And to us dost here dispense

Thy pure Word and Sacraments.

3.  Hither to upon this house

Hath salvation surely rested.

Here our God hath been with us,

And Himself hath manifested.

Here His Spirit He hath giv’n

To reveal the way to heav’n.

4.  O how lovely, meet and right

In His temple to a adore Him!

Let us now in Him delight,

And with gladness come before Him.

Treasures lasting, precious pure,

From above we here secure.

5.  Dearest Guest, with us abide,

With Thy holy Word still feed us;

Hitherto by Thee supplied,

Still by living waters lead us!

Keep Thy Church secure

While the earth itself endure.

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