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Mighty God, we humbly pray

Representative Text

1 Mighty God, we humbly pray,
let your pow'r now lead the way
that in all things we may show
that we in your likeness grow.

2 Grant by guidance from above
that obedience, faith, and love
show our hearts to you are giv'n,
that our treasure is in heav'n.

3 May it in our walk be seen
that we have with Jesus been,
that as king o’er us he reigns
and unrivaled pow'r maintains.

4 That shall we in ev'ry state
soul and body dedicate
unto him who for us died,
till with him we’re glorified.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #586

Author (st. 1): St. Ambrose

Ambrose (b. Treves, Germany, 340; d. Milan, Italy, 397), one of the great Latin church fathers, is remembered best for his preaching, his struggle against the Arian heresy, and his introduction of metrical and antiphonal singing into the Western church. Ambrose was trained in legal studies and distinguished himself in a civic career, becoming a consul in Northern Italy. When the bishop of Milan, an Arian, died in 374, the people demanded that Ambrose, who was not ordained or even baptized, become the bishop. He was promptly baptized and ordained, and he remained bishop of Milan until his death. Ambrose successfully resisted the Arian heresy and the attempts of the Roman emperors to dominate the church. His most famous convert and disciple w… Go to person page >

Translator (st. 1): Johann Christian Jacobi

Jacobi, John Christian, a native of Germany, was born in 1670, and appointed Keeper of the Royal German Chapel, St. James's Palace, London, about 1708. He held that post for 42 years, and died Dec. 14, 1750. He was buried in the Church of St. Paul's, Covent Garden. His publications included :— (1) A Collection of Divine Hymns, Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes and Thorough Bass. London: Printed and Sold by J. Young, in St. Paul’s Churchyard; . . . 1720. This edition contains 15 hymns. Two years later this collection, with a few changes in the text and much enlarged, was republished as (2) Psalmodia Germanica; or a Specimen of Divine Hymns. Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Mighty God, we humbly pray
Latin Title: Veni, Redemptor gentium
Author (st. 1): St. Ambrose
Translator (st. 1): Johann Christian Jacobi
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




NUN KOMM DER HEIDEN HEILAND is a chorale derived from a chant. Among the simplest of the Lutheran repertoire, it is framed by identical lines–l and 4. Sing the entire hymn with antiphonal groups (the practice its original Latin author, Ambrose, strongly promoted). Sing some stanzas in unison and o…

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Moravian Book of Worship #586

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