Romans VIII - For to Those Who Love God

God the Father by Cima da Conegliano - accompanied by Refrain: For to those who love God, who are called in His plan everything works out for good. And God Himself chose then to bear the likeness of His son that He might be the first of many, many brothers. 1 Who is able to condemn? Only Christ who died for us; Christ who rose for us; Christ who prays for us; 2 In the face of all this, what is there left to say? For if God is for us, who can be against us? 3 Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Neither trouble, nor pain, nor persecution. 4 What can separate us from the love of Christ? Not the past, the present nor the future.
This hymn, based on Romans 8:28-38, was written by American-Italian composer, writer, performer and at-that-time Roman Catholic priest Enrico Garzilli, as a choral work for SATB choir and congregation.

First published in 1970, it has been included in several collections from Kevin Mayhew Ltd (Songs of the Spirit - Songs and Hymns of the Renewal, and Hymns Old and New - A Hymnbook for the Irish Church) in the 1970s.

However it is not in the most-recent edition of Hymns Old and New.   And although Garzilli lists it in the choral works section of his website there is no information about where it can be purchased.  At the time of writing it is not available on Amazon, iTunes, SheetMusicPlus or from Kevin Mayhew Ltd - although various editions of the 1970's books that it was included in are sometimes available on Amazon (UK - US / rest of the world)

If you are looking for a copy of either the full choral work or the simpler unison setting, the easiest approach may be to contact Garzilli directly through his website.

The tune in the congregational setting has a 4:4 time signature and the melody-line publications have it in the key of C major.   The first few notes in this key are EF G FE C.


Examples

Instrumental - organ



Cantor with organ:
 

Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright, so cannot be reproduced in full.    However they are available from this website.   An outline of the words is:
Chorus:
For to those who love God, who are called in His plan
Everything works out for good.
And God Himself chose then to bear the likeness of His son
That He might be the first of many, many brothers

1 Who is able to condemn? Only Christ who died for us; ...

2 In the face of all this, what is there left to say? ...

3 Who can separate us from the love of Christ? ...

4 What can separate us from the love of Christ? ...


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