Our Father, Clothed with Majesty

Author: Dewey Westra

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Author: Marie J. Post

Marie was educated at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. She taught at the Muskegon Christian Junior High School from 1940 to 1942). She contributed poetry to the Grand Rapids Press and church periodicals for three decades, and served on the 1987 Revision Committee for the Christian Reformed Church’s Psalter Hymnal, which contained a number of her original texts and paraphrases. © The Cyber Hymnal™ (www.hymntime.com/tch) Go to person page >

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First Line: Our Father, clothed with majesty
Title: Our Father, Clothed with Majesty
Author: Marie J. Post (1984)
Author: Dewey Westra (1931)
Source: Heidelberg Catechism's section on the Lord's Prayer, and based on Dewey Westra's 1931 versification
Language: English
Copyright: © 1976 Faith Alive Christian Resources


Scripture References: all st. = Matt. 6:9-13 This third setting of the Lord's Prayer is an extended prayer based on the Heidelberg Catechism's teaching on the meaning of the prayer (see pp. 918-925 in the worship edition of the Psalter Hymnal). The other settings are a prose chant version (207) and a two-stanza metrical version also set to VATER UNSER (208). For general comments about the Lord's Prayer see PHH 207 and 208. Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee member Marie J. Post (PHH 5) prepared this eight-stanza metrical version in 1984, following an earlier paraphrase written in 1931 by Dewey Westra (PHH 98) for the 1934 Psalter Hymnal. Post found "rich and profound meaning" in the catechism's teaching. The relationship of this text to the Heidelberg Catechism is as follows:
stanza 1: Lord's Day 46, Q&A 120-121 stanza 2: Lord's Day 47, Q&A 122 stanza 3: Lord's Day 48, Q&A 123 stanza 4: Lord's Day 49, Q&A 124 stanza 5: Lord's Day 50, Q&A 125 stanza 6: Lord's Day 51, Q&A 126 stanza 7: Lord's Day 52, Q&A 127 stanza 8: Lord's Day 52, Q&A 128-129
Liturgical Use: Ordinarily used with selected stanzas in services that focus on the Lord's Prayer segment of the Heidelberg Catechism. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook



Martin Luther's versification of the Lord's Prayer was set to this tune in Valentin Schumann's hymnal, <em>Geistliche Lieder</em> (1539); the tune, whose composer remains unknown, had some earlier use. The tune name derives from Luther's German incipit: “Vater unser…

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