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671. O Radiant Light, O Sun Divine

Text Information
First Line: O radiant Light, O Sun divine
Title: O Radiant Light, O Sun Divine
Original Language: Latin
Translator: William G. Storey (1970 c.)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Celebrating Time; Evening; Light (3 more...)
Source: Phos hilaron, 3rd cent.
Copyright: © 1979 William G. Storey
Tune Information
Harmonizer: C. Winifred Douglas (1943)
Meter: LM
Key: E Major
Source: Sarum plainsong, Mode IV, 9th cent.
Copyright: Harm. © 1943, 1961 Church Pension Fund
Notes: Alternate harmonization, 84

Text Information:

This text is a 20th-century metrical paraphrase of one of the oldest Christian hymns, Phos hilaron (gladdening light), dating from at least the 3rd century (see also nos. 672 and 673). It is associated with an evening service, held both in churches and in homes, when lamps or candles are lighted.

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