O Trinity of blessed light

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1 O Trinity, most blessed light,
O Unity of sov'reign might,
as now the fiery sun departs,
come shed your light within our hearts.

2 To you our morning song of praise,
to you our evening prayer we raise;
our humble joy shall ever be
to praise your name eternally.

3 To God the Father, heav'nly light,
to Christ revealed in earthly night,
to God the Spirit let us raise
one heart and voice in ceaseless praise.

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #792

Author: J. M. Neale

John M. Neale's life is a study in contrasts: born into an evangelical home, he had sympathies toward Rome; in perpetual ill health, he was incredibly productive; of scholarly tem­perament, he devoted much time to improving social conditions in his area; often ignored or despised by his contemporaries, he is lauded today for his contributions to the church and hymnody. Neale's gifts came to expression early–he won the Seatonian prize for religious poetry eleven times while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1842, but ill health and his strong support of the Oxford Movement kept him from ordinary parish ministry. So Neale spent the years between 1846 and 1866 as a warden of Sackvi… Go to person page >

Author: 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 >

Text Information

First Line: O Trinity of blessed light
Latin Title: O lux beatas Trinitas
Author: St. Ambrose
Author: J. M. Neale
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain





The tune BROMLEY is usually credited to Jeremiah Clarke (1674-1707) but there is an authorship problem: the first published use of the tune and setting was Franz Josef Haydn's "O let me in th'accepted hour," a metrical setting of Psalm 69 in Improved Psalmody (1794). The earliest extant version attr…

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Christian Worship (1993) #591

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Christian Worship #792


Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #542

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CPWI Hymnal #20

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #574

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #5a

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #5b


The Cyber Hymnal #5405

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The Hymnal 1982 #29


The Hymnal 1982 #30

The New English Hymnal #54a

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The New English Hymnal #54b


Wonder, Love, and Praise #744

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