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All Glory Be To God Alone   3 comments

Trinity--Andei Rublev

Above:  Icon of the Holy Trinity, by Andrei Rublev

Image in the Public Domain

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

Anonymous German Text (1543); attributed to Martin Luther (1483-1546)

English Translation (1940) by William Gustave Polack (1890-1950)


1.  All glory be to God alone,

Forevermore the Highest One,

Who doth our sinful race befriend

And grace and peace to us extend.

Among mankind may His good will

All hearts with deep thanksgiving fill.

2.  We praise Thee, God, and Thee we bless;

We worship Thee in humbleness;

From day by day we glorify Thee,

Everlasting  God on high.

Of Thy great glory do we sing,

And e’er to Thee our thanks we bring.

3.  Lord God, our King on heaven’s throne,

Our Father, the Almighty One.

O Lord, the Sole begotten One,

Lord Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son,

True God from all eternity,

O Lamb of God, to Thee we flee.

4.  Thou dost the world’s sin take away;

Have mercy on us, Lord, we pray.

Thou dost the world’s sin take away;

Give ear unto the prayer we say.

Thou sitt’st at God’s right hand for aye;

Have mercy on us, Lord, we pray.

5.  Thou only art the Holy One;

Thou art o’er all things Lord alone.

O Jesus Christ, we glorify

Thee only as the Lord Most High;

Thou art, the Holy Ghost with Thee,

One in the Father’s majesty.

6.  Amen, this ever true shall be,

As angels sing adoringly.

By all creation, far and wide,

Thou, Lord, art ever glorified;

And Thee all Christendom doth praise

Now and through everlasting days.

O Jesus, Lamb of God, Thou Art   2 comments

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Above:  Icon of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Image in the Public Domain

A hymn for the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24)

Hymn Source = Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal (1880), Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio and Other States (1818-1930)

(The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, contains an altered translation)

Original German Words (Published in 1646) by Bartholomaus Helder (1585-1635)

English Translation (1880) by August Crull (1845-1923)


1.  O Jesus, Lamb of God, Thou art

The Life and Comfort of my heart.

From wrath I, wretched sinner, flee

With all my many sins to Thee.

2.  O God, my sinfulness is great!

I groan beneath a dreadful weight;

Yet, be Thou merciful, I pray,

And take my guilty curse away.

3.  St. John, the Baptist, biddeth me

To cast my burden, Lamb, on Thee:

Since Thou art come, as Friend indeed,

To succor me and all in need.

4.  Grant that I may amend my ways,

And keep Thy Word throughout my days:

To this end, Lord, abide with me,

And when I die take me to Thee.

O Christ Our King, Creator, Lord   3 comments


Above:  Christ the Merciful, Twelfth Century C.E.

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1911), Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Original Latin text by St. Gregory the Great (circa 540-604), Bishop of Rome

English Translation (1858) by Ray Palmer (1808-1887), U.S. Congregationalist minister


1.  O Christ, our King, Creator, Lord,

Saviour of all who trust Thy word,

To them who seek Thee ever near,

Now to our praises bend Thine ear.

2.  In Thy dear cross a grace is found–

It flows from every streaming wound–

Whose power our inbred sin controls,

Breaks the firm bond, and frees our souls.

3.  Thou didst create the stars of night;

Yet Thou has veiled in flesh Thy light,

Hast deigned a mortal form to wear,

A mortal’s painful lot to bear.

4.  When Thou didst hang upon the tree,

The quaking earth acknowledged Thee;

When Thou didst there yield up Thy breath,

Then world grew dark as shades of death.

5.  Now in the Father’s glory high,

Great Conqueror, never more to die,

Us by Thy mighty power defend,

And reign through ages without end.

Heavenly Spirit, All Others Transcending   2 comments


Above:  The Church of the Common Ground, Atlanta, Georgia, Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Original Norwegian words (1786) by the Reverend Johan Nordahl Brun, a Lutheran pastor, poet, and playwright

English translation by the Reverend George Alfred Taylor Rygh (1860-1943)

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.  Heavenly Spirit, all others transcending,

Thou who with Father and Son dost abide!

Come and make ready the heavenly bride!

Calling and gath’ring, and Jesus declaring,

Building God’s Church, shedding light from above,

Come, O Thou Spirit of God, never tiring,

Come and interpret God’s wonderful love!

2.  Merciful Jesus, with love never failing,

Sending Thy Spirit, the pledge ever new,

That Thy atonement for all is availing,

Faith ever sees that Thy promise is true.

Crown’d are Thy servants with heavenly fire,

Speaking with hearts and with tongues all aflame;

Heavenly Spirit, our voices inspire,

That we may sing of His glorious name!

3.  Heav’nly Comforter, with unction celestial,

Heal Thou the wounds of each sin-burden’d heart!

Strengthen our faith, and with zeal Pentecostal

Fill our faint souls, and Thy blessings inpart!

Create within s new hearts and new spirits;

Lead us in truth, and sustain us in woe;

Teach us true faith in the dear Savior’s merits,

So that at death we Thy power may know!


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O Trinity of Blessed Light   2 comments

Above:  St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia, Trinity Sunday, June 19, 2011

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Hymn Source = Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal (1958)

Original words by St. Ambrose of Milan (340-397); English translation by John Mason Neale (1818-1866)


1.  O Trinity of blessed light,

O Unity of princely might,

The fiery sun now goes his way;

Shed thou within our hearts thy ray.

2.  To thee our morning song of praise,

To thee our evening prayer we raise;

Thy glory suppliant we adore

For ever and for evermore.

3.  All laud to God the Father be,

All praise, eternal Son, to thee,

All glory, as it is ever meet,

To God the holy Paraclete.

Come, Holy Spirit, Come!   5 comments

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming, Georgia, June 12, 2011 

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Hymn Source = The New Psalms and Hymns (1901), of the Presbyterian Church in the United States

Words (1759) by the Reverend Joseph Hart (1712-1768)

Words revised in 1776 by the Reverend Augustus Toplady (1740-1778), a Calvinistic Anglican who criticized John Wesley strongly


1.  Come, Holy Spirit, come!

Let Thy bright beams arise;

Dispel the darkness from our minds,

And open Thou our eyes.

2.  Revive our drooping faith,

Our doubts and fears remove,

And kindle in our breasts the flame

Of never-dying love.

3.  Convince us of our sin;

Then lead to Jesus’ blood;

And to our wondering view reveal

The secret love of God.

4.  ‘Tis Thine to cleanse the heart,

To sanctify the soul,

To pour fresh life on every part,

And new create the whole.

5.  Dwell therefore in our hearts;

Our minds from bondage free;

Then shall we know, and praise, and love,

The Father, Son, and Thee.

Come Down, O Love Divine   4 comments

The Holy Spirit Descending

Image Source = Wikipedia

Original words by Bianco da Siena (died 1434?), a monk

English translation by Richard Frederick Littledale (1833-1890), an Anglo-Catholic priest of The Church of England; Littledale had a nearly photographic memory and great literary skill, which he had time to put to great use because his frequently bad health prevented him from usual priestly duties other than hearing confessions; He also translated many old hymns into English and edited hymnals and liturgical books

Hymn Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)


1.  Come down, O love divine,

seek thou this soul of mine,

and visit it with thine own ardor glowing.

O Comforter, draw near,

within my heart appear,

and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

2.  O let it freely burn,

till earthly passions turn

to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;

and let thy glorious light

shine ever on my sight,

and clothe me round, my onward path illuming.

3.  Let holy charity

mine outward vesture be,

and lowliness become mine inner clothing,

true lowliness of heart,

which takes the humbler part,

and o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

4.  And so the yearning strong

with which the soul will long

shall far outpass the power of human telling;

for none can guess its grace,

till he become the place

wherein the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling.