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Above: Christ the Merciful
Image in the Public Domain
Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America
Original Words (published in 1735) by Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735)
English Translation (1940) by William Gustave Polack (1890-1950)
1. O Thou Love Unbounded,
Grant to eyes enshrouded,
E’en for earthly sight beclouded,
Grace to see Thy patience,
All the world enfolding,
Thy long-suff’ring thus beholding.
Lo, its rays,
To Thy praise,
Joy to men bestowing,
Like the sun are glowing.
2. All Thy vast dominion–
Earth and air and ocean–
Is the field of Thy devotion;
And Thy great long-suff’ring,
Ever newly tested,
With more beauty is invested.
Oh, how far
Its wings are
As they stretch forth daily
Over hill and valley!
3. All our works are feeble
As the heart upraises
For Thy patience,
Lord, its praises.
With untold transgressions
Day by day Thou bearest,
Many million sinners sparest!
All who here offend Thee.
Who can comprehend Thee?
4. Sinners Thou forgivest,
Hear’st when they implore Thee,
When they, weeping, come before Thee;
Thy right hand may threaten,
Yet Thy mercy yearneth
And Thine anger from us turneth.
Tho’ we may
Truly to espouse Thee,
To new wrath arouse Thee.
5. Lord, no one has ever,
Who on Thee believed,
Justice here for grace received.
All guilt Thou removest
When we boy before Thee
And in penitence implore Thee;
For our smart
Moves Thy heart;
Thou wouldst mercy show us
And with grace endow us.
6. O Most High, we praise Thee
That Thou us regardest
Nor our evil deeds rewardest!
Zion’s Hope, continue
Thy dominion o’er us,
Wielding well Thy scepter for us
Lord, we now implore Thee:
Thine shall be the glory!
Above: The Hymn, from The Hymnal (1941)
Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1941), of the Evangelical and Reformed Church
Words by Philip Doddridge (1702-1751)
1. Great God, we sing that mighty hand,
By which supported still we stand;
The opening year Thy mercy shows;
That mercy crown it till it close.
2. By day, by night, at home, abroad,
Still we are guarded by our God;
By His incessant bounty fed,
By His unerring counsel led.
3. With grateful hearts the past the own;
The future, all to us unknown,
We to Thy guardian care commit,
And peaceful leave before Thy feet.
4. In scenes exalted or depressed,
Thou art our Joy, and Thou our Rest;
Thy goodness all our hopes shall raise,
Adored through all our changing days.
Above: Part of the Grounds, St. Clare’s Episcopal Church, Blairsville, Georgia, August 4, 2012
Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
Original Danish Words by Hans Adolph Brorson (1694-1764)
English Translation by A. M. Andersen
Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage
1. Arise, all things that God has made
And praise His might and glory;
Each leaflet and each grassy blade
Does tell a wondrous story.
2. Tho’ all the kings on earth did show
Their utmost strength and power,
They could not make a leaflet grow,
Nor mend a broken flower.
3. What shall I say whene’er I walk
Where flowers are abounding
And hear the birds together talk,
As thousand harps were sounding.
4. What shall I say when I behold
The stars in countless numbers
And see their smiling charm unfold,
While nature deeply slumbers.
5. What shall I say? Weak are my words
And humble my opinion.
How great Thy wisdom, Lord of lords,
Thy might and Thy dominion!
Above: Christ with Beard
Image in the Public Domain
Original words from Munster Gesangbuch (1677); English translation (1873) by U.S. Lutheran pastor Joseph Augustus Seiss
Hymn Source = The United Methodist Hymnal (1989), of The United Methodist Church
1. Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
thee will I cherish, thee will I honor,
thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.
2. Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
who makes the woeful heart to sing.
3. Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.
4. Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and forever more be thine.
Rays of Sunlight
Image Source = Wikipedia
Hymn Source = The Church Hymnal (1935), of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ
Words (1719) by Isaac Watts (1674-1748), author of a plethora of hymns
1. From all that dwell below the skies,
Let the Creator’s praise arise;
Let the Redeemer’s name be sung,
Thro’ ev’ry land, by ev’ry tongue.
2. Eternal are thy mercies, Lord;
Eternal truth attends thy word;
Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,
Till suns shall rise and set no more.
3. In ev’ry land begin the song;
To ev’ry land the strains belong;
In cheerful sounds all voices raise,
And fill the world with loudest praise.
Women at the Empty Tomb, by Fra Angelico
Image in the Public Domain
Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1940 (1943), The Episcopal Church
Original Latin Words by Saint Venantius Honorius Clementius Fortunatus, Bishop of Poitiers (Died 600/609)
English words from The English Hymnal (1906), of The Church of England
Hail thee, festival day! blest day that art hallowed for ever;
Day whereon Christ arose, breaking the kingdom of death.
1. Lo, the fair beauty of earth, from the death of the winter arising!
Every good gift of the year now with its Master returns:
2. He who was nailed to the cross is Lord and the ruler of all men;
All things created on earth sing to the glory of God:
3. Daily the loveliness grows, adorned with the glory of blossom;
Heaven her gates unbars, flinging her increase of light:
4. Rise from the grave now, O Lord, who art author of life and creation.
Treading the pathway of death, life thou bestowest on man:
5. God the All-Father, the Lord, who rulest the earth and the heavens,
Guard us from harm without, cleanse us from evil within:
6. Jesus the health of the world, enlighten our minds, thou Redeemer,
Son of the Father supreme, only-begotten of God:
7. Spirit of life and of power, now flow in us, fount of our being,
Light that dost lighten all, that in all dost abide:
8. Praise to the Giver of good! Thou love who art author of concord,
Pour out thy balm on our souls, order our ways in thy peace:
Galaxy NGC 2841
Image Source = NASA
Hymn Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)
Words from the Scottish Psalter (1650), of The Church of Scotland; based on Psalm 36
1. Thy mercy, Lord, is in the heavens;
thy truth doth reach the clouds;
thy justice is like mountains great,
thy judgements deep as floods.
2. Lord, thou preservest man and beast:
how precious is thy grace!
Therefore in shadow of thy wings
men’s sons their trust shall place.
3. Their hunger thou shalt satisfy
with good things from thy store:
from rivers of thy pleasures they
shall drink and thirst no more.
4. With thee the fountain is of life
and from thy presence flows;
and brightens from thy dwelling place
out to all people goes.