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Saturday, September 16, 2006

More Favorite Hymns - Holy, Holy, Holy

And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3 ESV)

"Holy, Holy, Holy" was written by Reginald Heber, who served the last years of his life in India and Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka). I have a link in that Sri Lanka was the government I studied for my Comparitive Politics class in college.

We also link because of concern for the doctrine of the Trinity. I know of no other major doctrine that gets as little attention today as does the Trinity. We talk about justification by faith, and rightly so. But we seem to talk only a little about the Trinity.

In preparing this post, I ran across a version of this hymn in my Bible software that has exchanged the line "God in three Persons, blessed Trinity" for "God over all, and blessed eternally." I'm sure Reginald Heber would be as disappointed by this as I was, since he wrote this song for use on Trinity Sunday, which occurs on the 8th Sunday after Easter (just in case you, like I, are not informed about liturgical calendars). However, in my mind, this is a great hymn for any Sunday.

Conversely to the general lack of emphasis on the Trinity, and as a reminder, there will be a conference at Grace Bible Church in Brandon, Florida October 12-14 devoted to the doctrine of the Trinity.

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!


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