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617. Father Most Holy, Merciful, and Loving

1 Father most holy, merciful, and loving,
Jesus, Redeemer, ever to be worshipped,
life-giving Spirit, Comforter most gracious,
God everlasting;

2 three in a wondrous unity unbroken,
one perfect God-head, love that never faileth,
light of the angels, succor of the needy,
hope of all living;

3 all thy creation serveth its creator;
thee ev'ry creature praiseth without ceasing;
we, too, would sing the psalms of true devotion;
hear, we beseech thee.

4 Lord God almighty, unto thee be glory,
One in three Persons, over all exalted;
thine, as is meet, be honor, praise, and blessing,
now and forever.

Text Information
First Line: Father most holy, merciful, and loving
Title: Father Most Holy, Merciful, and Loving
Translator: Alfred E. Alston (1904)
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: sapphic
Topic: Devotion
Source: O Pater sancte, c. 10th century
Language: English
Tune Information
Meter: sapphic
Key: G Major
Source: Chartres Antiphoner (1784) (melody)

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