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A Mighty Fortress

Author: Martin Luther; Frederick H. Hedge Meter: Appears in 635 hymnals First Line: A mighty fortress is our God, A bulwark never failing Lyrics: 1 A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper he, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe does seek to work us woe; his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal. 2 Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God's own choosing. You ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he; Lord Sabaoth his name, from age to age the same; and he must win the battle. 3 And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God has willed his truth to triumph through us. The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo! his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him. 4 That Word above all earthly powers no thanks to them abideth; the Spirit and the gifts are ours through him who with us sideth. Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; the body they may kill: God's truth abideth still; his kingdom is forever! Psalter Hymnal, (Gray), 1987 Topics: Scripture Songs; Worship; Choir; Chorales; God the Father His Sovereignty; Warfare, Christian; liturgical Closing Songs; liturgical Songs of Response

Be Strong in God

Author: Susan Peterson Meter: Appears in 1 hymnal First Line: Be strong in God and in His power Lyrics: 1. Be strong in God and in His power; Put on His armor every day. Thus you can take your stand each hour; The devil’s schemes won’t lead you astray. The battle’s like a flood, Though not ’gainst flesh and blood; But ’gainst the spiritual realm, With Satan at the helm; You face the powers of darkness. 2. Take God’s full armor—your life surround, So when the day of evil appears, You’ll then be able to stand your ground, And after all, to stand without fear. Stand firm, then, in the faith, The belt of truth in place; Breastplate of righteousness, Feet shod with readiness That comes from the true Gospel of peace. 3. Take, over all, the shield of faith, To quench the flaming arrows outpoured. Salvation’s helmet wear over your face, And take the Word, the Spirit’s sword. Pray in the Spirit’s power, All kinds of prayers each hour. Be always on alert, And pray for all the Church. Through God you’ll win the battle! Used With Tune: EIN' FESTE BURG

We Bless the Triune God of Might

Author: Neil Barham Meter: Appears in 1 hymnal Lyrics: 1. We bless the Triune God of Might, Our Sovereign and our Savior, Who puts our enemies to flight, And guards us with His favor! Our song goes up to Him, Above the seraphim, Where awestruck angels gaze At Him, Ancient of Days, On high He reigns, exalted. 2. Majestic Father, ever supreme, Alone in light and glory, At Your command the heavens gleam And sing creation’s story. The wind and waves obey When Your Word bids them stay; All nature shows Your face Revealed in every place, To every heart and mind of man. 3. Jesus, the Christ, Anointed One, Firstborn of all creation, In human flesh, yet God the Son, The Captain of Salvation! My Righteousness You are! ’Tis written in the scars That beautify Your face, Proclaiming holy grace. In You all truth and love abide. 4. Great Spirit of the living Lord, Our Comforter and faithful Guide— You bring to us God’s out-breathed Word, Suffusing it with increate light. Convict us of our sin! Renew our hearts within! Restore salvation’s joy! Our hearts and minds employ In lives that flame with God-endued fire! 5. Robed in pure light that knew no dawn, Three Persons, yet One Essence, Avenging sin with righteous sword drawn, Yet mercy fills Your presence! Your wrath is great, and just; But in Your grace we trust! Your lovingkindness sure Will hold our souls secure, ’Til we behold Your face at last! Used With Tune: EIN FESTE BURG


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Composer: Johann S. Bach, 1685-1750; Martin Luther Meter: Appears in 428 hymnals Tune Key: C Major Incipit: 11156 71765 1 Used With Text: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God


Composer: Friedrich Otto (Fritz) Reuter Meter: Appears in 15 hymnals Tune Key: E Flat Major Incipit: 13216 54335 54312 Used With Text: Our Lord and God, Oh, Bless This Day

TRINITAS (Elliott)

Composer: James William Elliott Meter: Appears in 6 hymnals Tune Key: E Major Incipit: 13213 56523 21356


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A safe stronghold

Author: Martin Luther, 1483-1567; Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881 Hymnal: Complete Mission Praise #2 (1999) Meter: First Line: A safe stronghold our God is still Topics: The Godhead God in Glory and Majesty; Living the Christian Life Spiritual Warfare Languages: English Tune Title: EIN' FESTE BURG
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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Author: Martin Luther, 1483-1546; Frederick H. Hedge, 1805-1890 Hymnal: Hymns of Promise #5 (2015) Meter: Lyrics: 1 A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper he, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe does seek to work us woe; his craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal. 2 Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right man on our side, the man of God's own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he; Lord Sabaoth his name, from age to age the same, and he must win the battle. 3 That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth; the Spirit and the gifts are ours thro' him who with us sideth. Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; the body they may kill: God's truth abideth still; his kingdom is forever. Topics: Praise to God Languages: English Tune Title: EIN' FESTE BURG

A mighty fortress is our God

Hymnal: Australian Hymn Book #8 (1977) Meter:


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Johann Sebastian Bach

1685 - 1750 Person Name: Johann S. Bach, 1685-1750 Meter: Harmonizer of "EIN FESTE BURG (ISORHYTHMIC)" in Psalter Hymnal (Gray) Johann Sebastian Bach was born at Eisenach into a musical family and in a town steeped in Reformation history, he received early musical training from his father and older brother, and elementary education in the classical school Luther had earlier attended. Throughout his life he made extraordinary efforts to learn from other musicians. At 15 he walked to Lüneburg to work as a chorister and study at the convent school of St. Michael. From there he walked 30 miles to Hamburg to hear Johann Reinken, and 60 miles to Celle to become familiar with French composition and performance traditions. Once he obtained a month's leave from his job to hear Buxtehude, but stayed nearly four months. He arranged compositions from Vivaldi and other Italian masters. His own compositions spanned almost every musical form then known (Opera was the notable exception). In his own time, Bach was highly regarded as organist and teacher, his compositions being circulated as models of contrapuntal technique. Four of his children achieved careers as composers; Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Chopin are only a few of the best known of the musicians that confessed a major debt to Bach's work in their own musical development. Mendelssohn began re-introducing Bach's music into the concert repertoire, where it has come to attract admiration and even veneration for its own sake. After 20 years of successful work in several posts, Bach became cantor of the Thomas-schule in Leipzig, and remained there for the remaining 27 years of his life, concentrating on church music for the Lutheran service: over 200 cantatas, four passion settings, a Mass, and hundreds of chorale settings, harmonizations, preludes, and arrangements. He edited the tunes for Schemelli's Musicalisches Gesangbuch, contributing 16 original tunes. His choral harmonizations remain a staple for studies of composition and harmony. Additional melodies from his works have been adapted as hymn tunes. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

N. F. S. Grundtvig

1783 - 1872 Person Name: N. F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872 Meter: Author of "God's Word Is Our Great Heritage" in Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary Nicolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig was the son of a pastor, and was born at Udby, in Seeland, in 1783. He studied in the University of Copenhagen from 1800-1805; and, like some other eminent men, did not greatly distinguish himself; his mind was too active and his imagination too versatile to bear the restraint of the academic course. After leaving the university he took to teaching; first in Langeland, then (1808) in Copenhagen. Here he devoted his attention to poetry, literature, and Northern antiquities. In 1810 he became assistant to his father in a parish in Jutland. The sermon he preached at his ordination, on the subject "Why has the Lord's word disappeared from His house," attracted much attention, which is rarely the case with "probationers'" sermons. On his father's death, in 1813, he returned to Copenhagen, and for eight years devoted himself mainly to literature. The poetry, both secular and religious, that he produced, drew from a friend the remark that "Kingo's harp had been strung afresh." In 1821 King Frederik vi. appointed him pastor of Prasloe, a parish in Seeland, from which he was the next year removed to Copenhagen, and made chaplain of St. Saviour's church in Christianshavn. From the time of his ordination he had been deeply impressed with Evangelical church sentiments, in opposition to the fashionable Rationalism and Erastianism of the day; and adhered to the anti-rationalist teaching of Hauge, whose death at this time (1824) seemed to be a call to Grundtvig to lift up his voice. An opportunity soon presented itself; Professor Clausen brought out a book entitled Katholicismens og Protestantismens Forfatning, Ldre, og Ritus ("The condition, teaching, and ritual of Catholicism and Protestantism"). This book was replete with the Erastian Rationalism which was so especially distasteful to Grundtvig, who forthwith, in his Kirkens Gjenmsele ("The Church's Reply," 1825), strongly opposed its teaching, and laid down truer principles of Christian belief, and sounder views of the nature of the Church. This caused a sensation: Grandtvig (who had not spared his opponent) was fined 100 rixdollars, and the songs and hymns which he had written for the coming celebration of the tenth centenary of Northern Christianity were forbidden to be used. On this he resigned his post at St. Saviour's, or rather was forced to quit it by a sentence of suspension which was pronounced in 1826, and under which he was kept for 13 years. He took the opportunity of visiting England in 1829, 30, and 31, and consulting its libraries, mainly with a view to a further insight into Northern antiquities, and to help his studies in the early English tongue. His edition of Cynewulfs beautiful poem of the Phenix from the Codex Exoniensis, the Anglo-Saxon (so-called) text, with a preface in Danish, and a fri Fordanskning (free rendering in Danish), published in 1840*, is a result of this journey and enforced leisure. Tired of his long silence, his numerous friends and admirers proposed to erect a church for him, and form themselves into an independent congregation, but this was not permitted. He was allowed, however, to hold an afternoon service in the German church at Christianshavn. There ho preached for eight years, and compiled and wrote his hymn-book, Sang-Vdrk til den Danske Kirkce ("Song-work for the Danish Church"). He still worked on towards his object of raising the Christian body to which ho belonged from the condition of a mere slate establishment to the dignity of a gospel-teaching national church. In 1839 (the year of the death of King Frederik vr., and the accession of his cousin Chrisliem vni.) the suspension was removed, and he was appointed chaplain of the hospital Vartou, a position which he held till his death. In 1863 the king (Frederik vn.) conferred on him the honorary title of bishop. The good old man died suddenly, in his 89th year, on Sept. 2, 1872, having officiated the day before. As Kingo is the poet of Easter, and Brorson of Christmas, so Grundtvig is spoken of as the poet of Whitsuntide. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology,, p. 1001 (1907)

Hans Leo Hassler

1564 - 1612 Person Name: Hans Leo Hassler, 1564-1612 Meter: Harmonizer of "EIN FESTE BURG" in The Hymnal 1982 Hans Leo Hassler Germany 1564-1612. Born at Nuremberg, Germany, he came from a family of famous musicians and received early education from his father. He then studied in Venice, Italy, with Andrea Gabrieli, uncle of Giovanni Gabrieli, his friend, with whom he composed a wedding motet. The uncle taught him to play the organ. He learned the polychoral style and took it back to Germany after Andrea Gabrieli's death. He served as organist and composer for Octavian Fugger, the princely art patron of Augsburg (1585-1601). He was a prolific composer but found his influence limited, as he was Protestant in a still heavily Catholic region. In 1602 he became director of town music and organist in the Frauenkirche in Nuremberg until 1608. He married Cordula Claus in 1604. He was finally court musician for the Elector of Saxony in Dresden, Germany, evenually becoming Kapellmeister (1608-1612). A Lutheran, he composed both for Roman Catholic liturgy and for Lutheran churches. He produced two volumns of motets, a famous collection of court songs, and a volume of simpler hymn settings. He published both secular and religious music, managing to compose much for the Catholic church that was also usable in Lutheran settings. He was also a consultant to organ builders. In 1596 he, with 53 other organists, had the opportunity to examine a new instrument with 59 stops at the Schlosskirche, Groningen. He was recognized for his expertise in organ design and often was called on to examine new instruments. He entered the world of mechanical instrument construction, developing a clockwork organ that was later sold to Emperor Rudolf II. He died of tuberculosis in Frankfurt, Germany. John Perry


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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary

Publication Date: 2007 Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library Meter:


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