Hymn of the day

by Richard on March 26, 2006

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessèd peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
The one eternal God, Whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

Martin Rinkart, tr. Catherine Winkworth

Here’s an interesting “factoid”, given the conversation that Joel started a while ago about the Apocrypha. This widely-sung hymn is based on a passage from that very collection, Ecclesiasticus 50: 22-24. I just thought I’d mention it.

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Kim 03.26.06 at 7:51 am

To recapitulate the main Protestant views of the Apocrypha. Although not “inspired” (in the technical sense) and not part of the biblical canon:

Luther: they “are useful to read.”

The Westminster Confession: they are not to “made use of” in any way different from “other human writings.”

The Thirty-Nine Articles: they are books that “the church doth read for example of life and instruction of manners.”

With respect to the hymn, it’s one of the greats. It was Karl Barth’s favourite. And we sang it at both my marriage and my ordination.

Thanks, Richard. It’s made my ay.


Ben Myers 03.26.06 at 10:22 pm

Nice hymn — this one was Karl Barth’s favourite.


Eugene McKinnon 03.26.06 at 11:01 pm

The Early Church theologian and Bible translator Jerome argued that the Apochrypha was good for moral edification, but not to be used to form church doctrine. Although I was in a Catholic Mass that used a passage from Judith for the Feast Day of Our Lady. Mmmmmm.


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