God the Father, God the Word

God the Father, God the Word

Author: Richard Frederick Littledale
Published in 17 hymnals

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1. God the Father, God the Word,
God the Holy Ghost adored:
Spare us, holy Trinity.

2. Spotless Lamb of God most high,
Manna coming from the sky:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

3. Very Man and Word divine,
Hidden under bread and wine:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

4. Purest Victim, stainless Priest,
Thou the Host, and Thou the Feast:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

5. Bread of life, the angels’ food,
Cup of blessing, precious blood:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

6. Off’ring of most perfect might,
Bond, Thy faithful to unite:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

7. From the tempting lures of sin,
From all pride and lusts within:
Keep us, holy Jesus.

8. From all unbelief in Thee,
Veiled in this great mystery:
Keep us, holy Jesus.

9. By Thy sitting down to meat,
That last Passover to eat:
Keep us, holy Jesus.

10. Through the dread and holy rite,
Founded on that awful night:
Keep us, holy Jesus.

11. Through Thy presence with us here,
When we draw Thine altar near:
Keep us, holy Jesus.

12. Help us, guide us, make us pure,
Give us blessings which endure:
Save us, holy Jesus.

13. Lead Thy pilgrims on their way,
Shine on us, unending Day:
Keep us, holy Jesus.

14. When we draw our latest breath,
Feed us at the time of death:
Keep us, holy Jesus.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1916

Author: Richard Frederick Littledale

Richard Frederick Littledale (b. Dublin, 1833; d. London, 1890) entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a foundation scholar, graduated with a bachelors degree in classics, a Masters of Divinity in 1858, then a Bachelors and Doctorate in Civil Law at Oxford in 1862. From 1856 to 1857 he was the curate of St. Matthew in Thorpe Hamlet, Norfolk, and from 1857 to 1861 was the curate of St. Mary the Virgin, in Soho, London. For the remainder of his life he suffered from chronic illness and spent most of his time writing. He authored many books and pamphlets on Anglican liturgy, theology, and the church’s engagement with society, and completed his good friend John Mason Neale’s work on the psalms after Neale died in 1866. Laura de Jong… Go to person page >

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First Line: God the Father, God the Word
Author: Richard Frederick Littledale
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


God the Father, God the Word. This Metrical Litany, in The English Hymnal, 1906, No. 653, is taken from Dr. Littledale's "Litany of the Blessed Sacrament,” in The People's Hymnal, 1867, No. 598. It is abbreviated; the petitions are rearranged, and the refrain is altered, but in all other respects it is the same Litany. [Rev.James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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