Give Thanks to God, the Father

Versifier: James J. Quinn

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First Line: Give thanks to God, the Father
Title: Give Thanks to God, the Father
Versifier: James J. Quinn (1980, alt.)
Source: Resource Collection of Hymns and Service Music for the Liturgy
Language: English
Copyright: © 1981, International Commision on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Eph. 1:3-4
st. 2 = Eph. 1:5-7a
st. 3 = Eph. 1:7b-l0
st. 4 = Eph. 1:1l-13a
st. 5 = Eph. 1:13b-14

The Scottish Jesuit priest James Quinn (PHH 220) wrote this paraphrase of Ephesians 1:3-14 "sometime before 1978." In the original Greek this Scripture passage is an extended doxology in one very long sentence. Quinn set the doxology in five stanzas of praise to God for blessings the Father has given us in Christ the Son through the Holy Spirit. The text is filled with profound theological confessions about each member of the Trinity. Like much of Quinn's work, the song text is unrhymed in order to preserve many well-known biblical phrases. The text was first published in Resource Collection of Hymns and Service Music for the Liturgy (1981).

Liturgical Use:
As a doxology, also suitable as a hymn of praise at the beginning of worship, especially when focusing on the Trinity.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



Composed by Samuel S. Wesley (PHH 206), AURELIA (meaning "golden") was published as a setting for “Jerusalem the Golden” in Selection of Psalms and Hymns, which was compiled by Charles Kemble and Wesley in 1864. Though opinions vary concerning the tune's merits (Henry J. Gauntlett once condemned…

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Johann G. Ebeling (b. Lüneburg, Germany, 1637; d. Stettin, Pomerania, Germany, 1676) originally composed DU MEINE SEELE SINGE for the text "Merkt auf, merkt Himmel, Erde" by Paul Gerhardt (PHH 331). A promising student of both music and theology, Ebeling succeeded the famous Johann Cruger (PHH 42)…

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