Father Most Holy Merciful and Tender

This is a hymn about the Trinity.  The words are based on the 10th century Latin hymn "O Pater Sancte Mitis Atque Pie".

It was translated by English Anglican priest, author and social-justice advocate Percy Dearmer (1867-1936).

With meter, tunes it has been set to include:
  • CHRISTE SANCTORUS, from Paris Antiphoner, 1681
  • ISTE CONFESSOR from Poitier Antiphoner, 1746
  • HERZLIEBSTER JESU by Johann Crüger (1598-1662)


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Father most holy, merciful, and tender;
Jesus our Saviour, with the Father reigning;
Spirit of mercy, Advocate, Defender,
Light never waning.

Trinity blessed, unity unshaken;
Deity perfect, giving and forgiving,
Light of the angels, Life of the forsaken,
Hope of all living.

Maker of all things, all Thy creatures praise Thee;
lo, all things serve Thee, through Thy whole creation:
hear us, Almighty, hear us as we raise Thee,
Heart's adoration.

To the almighty triune God be glory:
highest and greatest, help Thou our endeavour;
we, too, would praise Thee, giving honour worthy,
Now and forever.

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