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O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide

Translator: Martin L. Seltz

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Author: Friedrich von Spee, 1591-1635

Spee, Friedrich von, son of Peter Spee (of the family of Spee, of Langenfeld), judge at Kaisers worth, was born at Kaisersworth, Feb. 25, 1591. He was educated in the Jesuit gymnasium at Cologne, entered the order of the Jesuits there on Sept. 22, 1610, and was ordained priest about 1621. From 1613 to 1624 he was one of the tutors in the Jesuit college at Cologne, and was then sent to Paderborn to assist in the Counter Reformation. In 1627 he was summoned by the Bishop of Würzburg to act as confessor to persons accused of witchcraft, and, within two years, had to accompany to the stake some 200 persons, of all ranks and ages, in whose innocence he himself firmly believed (His Cautio criminalis, sen de processibus contra sagas lib, Rinteln,… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O Savior, rend the heavens wide;
Title: O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide
German Title: O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf
Translator: Martin L. Seltz
Author: Friedrich von Spee, 1591-1635
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Source: German spiritual song, Köln, 1623
Language: English
Copyright: Tr. © 1969 Concordia Publishing House

Tune

O HEILAND, REISS DIE HIMMEL AUF

O HEILAND, REISS DIE HIMMEL AUF is a German chorale melody published anonymously in Rheinfelsisches Deutsches Catholisches Gesangbuch (1666 ed.). Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee member Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) prepared the harmonization in 1985. The tune is in Dorian mode and exhibits two main rhyt…

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Christian Worship #22

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #97

Hymnal #175

Lutheran Service Book #355

Lutheran Worship #32

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