9979. Father Most Holy, Merciful, and Loving

1 Father most holy, merciful, and loving,
Jesus, Redeemer, ever to be worshipped,
Life-giving Spirit, Comforter most gracious,
God everlasting.

2 Three in a wondrous unity unbroken,
One perfect God-head, love that never faileth,
Light of the angels, succor of the needy,
Hope of all living.

3 All Thy creation serveth its creator;
Thee every creature praiseth without ceasing;
We, too, would sing the psalms of true devotion;
Hear, we beseech Thee.

4 Lord God almighty, unto Thee be glory,
One in three Persons, over all exalted;
Thine, as is meet, be honor, praise, and blessing,
Now and forever.

Text Information
First Line: Father most holy, merciful, and loving
Title: Father Most Holy, Merciful, and Loving
Latin Title: O Pater snacte, mitis atque pie)
Translator: Alfred E. Alston
Language: English
Source: 11th century manuscript in the British Museum; Some Liturgical Hymns, 1903
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Key: E♭ Major
Source: French church tune, Paris Antiphoner, 1681
Copyright: Public Domain

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