The Father…the Son and…the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:20
Words: From an 11th Century manuscript in the British Museum (O Pater sancte, mitis atque pie). Translated from Latin to English by Percy Dearmer in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 160. For another translation, see Father Most Holy, Merciful, and Loving.
Music: Christe du beistand Matthäus A. von Löwenstern (1594–1648) (🔊 pdf nwc) (repeats last line).
If you know where to get a good picture of von Löwenstern (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
Father most holy, merciful and tender;
Jesus our Savior, with the Father reigning;
Spirit all kindly, Advocate, Defender,
Light never waning;
Trinity sacred, Unity unshaken;
Deity perfect, giving and forgiving,
Light of the angels, Life of the forsaken,
Hope of the 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
To the all ruling triune God be glory:
Highest and greatest, help Thou our endeavor;
We, too, would praise Thee, giving honor worthy
Now and forever.