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The Hands That First Held Mary's Child

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Author: Thomas H. Troeger

Thomas Troeger (1945-2022), professor of Christian communication at Yale Divinity school, was a well known preacher, poet, and musician. He was a fellow of Silliman College, held a B.A. from Yale University; B.D. Colgate Rochester Divinity School; S.T. D. Dickinson College, and was awarded an honorary D.D. from Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1970 and the Episcopal Church in 1999, and remained dually aligned with both traditions. Troerger led conferences and lectures in worship and preaching throughout North America, as well as in Denmark, Holland, Australia, Japan, and Africa. He served as national chaplain to the American Guild of Organists, and for at least three years he hosted the Season of… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The hands that first held Mary's child
Title: The Hands That First Held Mary's Child
Author: Thomas H. Troeger (1985)
Meter: 8.6.8.6 D
Language: English
Copyright: © 1985 Oxford University Press

Tune

RESIGNATION (Southern Harmony)


KINGSFOLD

Thought by some scholars to date back to the Middle Ages, KINGSFOLD is a folk tune set to a variety of texts in England and Ireland. The tune was published in English Country Songs [sic: English County Songs] (1893), an anthology compiled by Lucy E. Broadwood and J. A. Fuller Maitland. After having…

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NOEL (Sullivan)

The tune NOEL (also used at 185) is also known as EARDISLEY or GERARD. Arthur Seymour Sullivan (b Lambeth, London. England. 1842; d. Westminster, London, 1900) adapted this traditional English melody (probably one of the variants of the folk song "Dives and Lazarus"), added phrases of his own to rec…

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Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 8 of 8)

Celebrating Grace Hymnal #115

Journeysongs (2nd ed.) #509

One in Faith #907

RitualSong (2nd ed.) #970

The Book of Praise #158

The Covenant Hymnal #170

The Worshiping Church #144

Worship and Rejoice #237

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