1 Hail, Alpha and Omega, hail,
O Author of our faith,
the Finisher of all our hopes,
the Truth, the Life, the Path.
2 Hail, First and Last, the great I Am,
in whom we live and move;
increase our little spark of faith,
and fill our hearts with love.
3 O let that faith which you have taught
be treasured in our breast,
the evidence of unseen joys,
the substance of our rest.
4 Then shall we go from strength to strength,
from grace to greater grace,
from each degree of faith to more,
till we behold your face.
Source: Moravian Book of Worship #703
|First Line:||Hail, Alpha and Omega, hail! Thou Author of our faith|
|Title:||Faith the Gift of God|
Hail! Alpha and Omega, hail. J. Cennick. [Faith desired.] Published in his Sacred Hymns for the Children of God, &c, 1741, No. 82, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled," A Prayer for Faith." In 1774 it was given in R. Conyers's Collection; No. 78, stanza 3 being omitted. This arrangement has generally been followed by later editors, as in the Moravian Hymn Book, 1849, and others. In Kennedy, 1863, it reads: "Great Alpha and Omega, hail” In the Moravian Hymn Book, 1886, it begins with stanza ii., “Hail, First and Last," &c.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)