Father most holy, merciful and loving


Father most holy, merciful and loving,
Jesus, Redeemer, ever to be worshiped,
life-giving Spirit, Comforter most gracious,
God everlasting;

Three in a wondrous Unity unbroken,
one perfect Godhead, love that never faileth,
light of the angels, succor of the needy,
hope of all living;

All thy creation serveth its Creator,
thee every creature praiseth without ceasing;
we too would sing thee psalms of true devotion:
hear, we beseech thee.

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 for ever.


Words: Latin;
trans. Alfred Edward Alston (1862-1927), 1904

MIDI: Christe sanctorum

Meter: 11 11 11 5

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924      
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904  189 Herr, deinen Zorn, O Pater sancte  
The English Hymnal, 1906  160 Christe, du Beistand, O Pater sancte  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908      
The Hymnal 1916      
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
     
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925  103 O Pater sancte  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931  186 Herr, deinen Zorn, O Pater sancte  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938      
The Hymnal 1940      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950  158 Angers (Chartres), O Pater sancte  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960      
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965  226 Angers (Chartres)  
The Hymn Book 1971  489 Christe sanctorum  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977  004 Iste Confessor  
The Hymnal 1982      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983  094 Angers (Chartres)  
The New English Hymnal, 1985  144 O Pater sancte  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988  003 Christe sanctorum  Melody from Paris Antiphoner, 1681, arranged David Iliff (1939-); text modernized
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996  123 Angers (Chartres)  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998      
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000  419 Iste Confessor  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000  164 Angers (Chartres)  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000      

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