Romans VIII - For to Those Who Love God

This is a hymn about love and the demands of loving God.   It is based on Romans 8:28-38. 

It was written by American-Italian academic, composer, writer, performer and at-that-time Roman Catholic priest Enrico Garzilli (1937/8 - 2022), 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 in are sometimes available on Amazon (UK - US / rest of the world).

In 2021, a Spanish-language version, Romanos 8, was released by Rosy de Golferichs - it is not clear if she made the translation.

If you are looking for a copy of either the full choral work or the simpler unison setting, it may be possible to contact Garzilli's representatives 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.


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.


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Examples

Singer, self-accompanied on guitar:


Cantor with choir/congregation with organ, at the composer's funeral:


Singer, self-accompanied with simplified piano arrangement:


Instrumental - organ



Cantor with organ:


Spanish version - singer with guitar, professional recording:


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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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;
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

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