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O Food of Men Wayfaring   4 comments

Zion Church, Talbotton

Above:  Zion Episcopal Church, Talbotton, Georgia, October 25, 2008

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Anonymous Latin Text, 1661

English Translation (1906) by John Athelstan Laurie Riley (1858-1945)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1940 (1943), The Episcopal Church

The Ray Palmer translation is here.


1.  O Food of men wayfaring,

The bread of angels sharing,

O Manna from on high!

We hunger; Lord, supply us,

Nor thy delights deny us,

Whose hearts to thee draw nigh.

2.  O stream of love past telling,

O purest fountain, welling

From out the Saviour’s side!

We faint with thirst; revive us,

Of thine abundance give us,

And all we need provide.

3.  O Jesus, by thee bidden,

We here adore thee, hidden

‘Neath forms of bread and wine.

Grant when the veil is riven,

We may behold, in heaven,

Thy countenance divine.

John Bajus   1 comment

Flag of Slovakia

Above:  Flag of Slovakia

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John Bajus (1901-1971) was a U.S. Lutheran minister and a translator of Slovakian hymns.


Jesus Christ, Our Lord Most Holy:

In the Resurrection:


Posted February 10, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Sources B

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In the Resurrection   2 comments

Trinity Church Yard

Above:  Trinity Church Yard, Stratford-on-Avon, England, Between 1890 and 1900

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsc-08870

An anonymous Slovakian hymn, 1674

English translation (1939) by John Bajus (1901-1971)

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America


1.  In the resurrection,

In the resurrection,

We do trust.

From the dust

Shall this body this hope we cherish–

Rise before God clothed in pure perfection.

Jesus, Lord,

Help afford;

Oh, save us lest we perish.

2.  Earth receives the mortal,

Earth receives the mortal.

Do not doubt this,

While is bliss,

Cleansed of sin and crowned with peace eternal,

There serenely rests the soul immortal.

Oh, rejoice,

Praises voice–

‘Tis saved from foes infernal.

3.  Such rest we shall enter,

Such rest we shall enter,

And then rise

To the skies

When the Savior’s call “Come forth” shall waken

Both the blessed dead and bold dissenter.

Lord of Life,

In our strife

Oh, leave us not forsaken!

4.  When we die, dear Savior,

When we die, dear Savior,

Grant, we pray,

On that day

That from sorrow Thou wilt lead in mercy

To the joy before Thy throne forever.

At Thy side,


Oh, may we ever praise Thee!

Jesus Christ, Our Lord Most Holy   2 comments

Crucifix I July 15, 2014

Above:  One of My Crucifixes

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Original Words by Michal Grodzki (Circa 1550)

English Translation (1939) by John Bajus (1901-1971)

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


1.  Jesus Christ, our Lord most holy,

Lamb of God so pure and lowly,

Blameless, blameless, on the cross art offered,

Sinless, sinless, for our sins hast suffered.

2.  Weep now, all ye wretched creatures,

As ye view His gracious features.

Jesus, Jesus, on the cross is dying,

Nature, nature, in dark gloom is sighing.

3.  Christ, his last word having spoken,

Bows His head as life is broken.

Mournful, mournful, stands His mother weeping,

Loved ones, loved ones, silent watch are keeping.

4.  The great veil was torn asunder,

Earth did quake mid roars of thunder,

Boulders, boulders, into bits were breaking,

Sainted, sainted dead from death were waking.

5.  As His side with spear was riven,

Blood and water forth were given.

Jesus, Jesus, sinners’ only Savior,

Mercy, mercy, grant to us forever.

Jesus, My Highest Treasure   1 comment

Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming, Georgia, September 20, 2009

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original Words (1672) by Salomo Liscovius (1640-1689)

English Translation (1754) recast (1789) by Frederick William Foster (1760-1835)

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923)


1.  Jesus, my highest treasure,

In Thy communion blest

In find unfailing pleasure,

True happiness and rest;

Myself a willing off’ring

I give to Thee alone.

Because by death and suff’ring

Thou didst for me atone.

2.  O joy, all joys excelling,

The Bread of Life Thou art,

Thou cam’st to make Thy dwelling

In my unworthy heart.

My spirit’s hungry craving

Thou canst for ever still;

From deepest anguish saving,

With bliss my cup canst fill.

3.  O let my eyes be lightened

By sight of Thy dear face;

My life below be brightened

By tasting of Thy grace;

Without Thee, mighty Saviour,

To live is nought but pain;

To have Thy love and favor

Is happiness and gain.

4.  Earth’s glory to inherit

Is not what I desire;

To heaven aspires my spirit,

Glowing with nobler fire;

Where Christ Himself appeareth

In brightest majesty,

For me a place prepareth,

There, there I long to be.

William Mercer   1 comment

Flag of England

Above:  Flag of England

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William Mercer (1811-1873) was an Anglican priest and editor of The Church Psalter and Hymn Book (1857), a volume dedicated to encouraging congregational singing in Church of England parishes


How Brightly Appears the Morning Star:

God Reveals His Presence:


Posted February 7, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Sources M

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St. Clement's, Canton

Above:  St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, Canton, Georgia, September 20, 2009

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original German Words by Gerhardt Tersteegen (1697-1769)

English Translation (1789) by Frederick William Foster (1760-1835) and (1800s) by William Mercer (1811-1873)


1.  God reveals His presence;

Let us now adore Him,

And with awe appear before Him:

God is in His temple;

All in us keep silence,

And before Him bow with rev’rence:

Him alone God we own;

He’s our Lord and Saviour:

Praise His Name forever.

2.  God reveals His presence,

Whom the angelic legions

Serve with awe in heavenly regions:

Holy, holy, holy,

Sing the hosts of heaven;

Praise to God be ever given:

Condescend, to attend

Graciously, to Jesus,

To our songs and praises.

3.  O majestic Being,

Were but soul and body

Thee to serve at all times ready:

Might we, like the angels

Who behold Thy glory,

With abasement sink before Thee,

And through grace be always,

In our whole demeanor,

To Thy praise and honor.