O Lord God Father, thanks to thee

O Lord God Father, thanks to thee

Author: Cyriacus Schneegass
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 O Lord God Father, thanks to Thee
In this New Year we render,
For from all dangers graciously
Thou hast been our defender.
In all the year which now hath fled,
Hast giv'n us life and daily bread,
And peace to this our country.

2 Lord Jesus Christ, our thanks to Thee
In this New Year we render,
For Thou Thy people's king wilt be,
Their guardian and defender:
Thou hast redeemed them with Thy blood,
Thou art their only trust, O God,
In life and death, forever.

3 Lord Holy Ghost, our thanks to Thee
In this New Year we render,
For to Thy grace we owe that we
Enjoy Thy word's bright splendor;
thus Thou hast given from above
Into our hearts true faith and love
And other Christian virtues.

4 O faithful Lord, our God we pray,
Grant us henceforth Thy favor,
Take graciously our sins away,
And cover them forever;
Give us a happy, blest New Year,
And when the hour of death draws near,
A blest departure. Amen.

Source: Hymn Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran schools and congregations #16

Author: Cyriacus Schneegass

Sehneegass, Cyriacus, was born Oct. 5, 1546, at Buffleben, near Gotha. He studied and graduated M.A. at the University of Jena. In 1573 he became pastor of the St. Blasius church at Friedrichroda, near Gotha. He was also adjunct to the Superindendent of Weimar, and in this capacity signed the Formula of Concord in 1579. He died at Friedrichroda, Oct. 23, 1597 (Koch, ii. 252, &c). Schneegass was a diligent pastor, a man mighty in the Scriptures, and firm and rejoicing in his faith. He was also an excellent musician and fostered the love of music among his people. His hymns reflect his character, and are good and simple, setting forth in clear and intelligible style the leading ideas of the festivals of the Christian year, &c.; and his Psalm… Go to person page >

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Author: Cyriacus Schneegass

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