O Trinity of blessed Light


O Trinity of blessed light,
O Unity of princely might,
the fiery sun now goes his way;
shed thou within our hearts thy ray.

To thee our morning song of praise,
to thee our evening prayer we raise;
O grant us with thy saints on high
to praise thee through eternity.

All laud to God the Father be;
all praise, eternal Son, to thee;
all glory, as is ever meet,
to God the holy Paraclete.


Words: Ambrose of Milan, fourth century;
trans. John Mason Neale, 1851

The Hymnal 1982 gives the following doxology instead of verse 3 above:

To God the Father, heavenly Light,
to Christ revealed in earthly night,
to God the Holy Ghost we raise
our equal and unceasing praise.

Words: Charles Coffin, 1736;
trans. John Chandler, 1837

Music: Bromley, O lux beata Trinitas, Westminster, Illsley, Die ganze Welt (Hilariter)

Meter: LM

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