O God thy People Gather

This gathering hymn was written by English Roman Catholic (Jesuit) priest Anthony Nye SJ (b 1932).   The books it was included in suggest that it was written during the late 1960s, as is one of the early English-language hymns created when Roman Catholic services switched to using local languages.

It is now listed as owned by the Trustees of Rev Clifford Howell SJ, London.

With meter 76 76 D, tunes it has been set to include:
  • AURELIA by English organist and composer Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)
  • CRÜGER by German theologian and musician Johann Crüger (1598-1662)

Hymn-books which it has been published in include:



Downloads


Examples


Instrumental - organ, tune AURELIA



Instrumental - piano, tune AURELIA



Instrumental - tune CRÜGER



Instrumental - organ. Tune CRÜGER


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
O God, thy people gather,
Obedient to thy word,
Around thy holy altar
To praise thy name, O Lord;
For all thy loving kindness
Our grateful hearts we raise;
But pardon first the blindness
Of all our sinful ways.

Thou art our loving Father,
Thou art our holiest Lord,
But we have sinned against thee
by thoughts and deed and word.
Before the court of heaven
we stand and humbly pray
our sins may be forgiven,
Our faults be washed away.

Though sinful, we implore thee
To turn and make us live;
That so we may adore thee,
and our due offering give;
And the prayers and voices
of thy glad people rise,
As thy whole Church rejoices
In this great sacrifice.

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O God, thy people gather,
Obedient to thy word,
Around thy holy altar
To praise thy name, O Lord;
For all thy loving kindness
Our grateful hearts we raise;
But pardon first the blindness
Of all our sinful ways.

Thou art our loving Father,
Thou art our holiest Lord,
But we have sinned against thee
by thoughts and deed and word.
Before the court of heaven
we stand and humbly pray
our sins may be forgiven,
Our faults be washed away.

Though sinful, we implore thee
To turn and make us live;
That so we may adore thee,
and our due offering give;
And the prayers and voices
of thy glad people rise,
As thy whole Church rejoices
In this great sacrifice.

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