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Holy, holy, holy! mr God Almighty! early in the morning our tune shall rise to Thee.

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Author: Reginald Heber (1826)Tune: NICAEA (Dykes)Opening HymnsPublished in 1515 hymnalsPrintable scores: PDF, MusicXMLPlayable presentation: lyrics only, text + musicAudio files: MIDISong accessible on My.sirhenryjones-museums.org
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Holy and also Mighty

1 Holy, holy, holy! mr God almighty!Early in the morning our track shall rise to thee.Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!God in 3 persons, blessed trinity!

2 Holy, holy, holy! all the saints adore thee,casting under their golden crowns roughly the glassy sea;cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,which wert, and also art, and evermore shalt be.

3 Holy, holy, holy! despite the darkness hide thee,though the eye the sinfulness her glory might not see,only thou arts holy; over there is none next to thee,perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.

4 Holy, holy, holy! lord God almighty!All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth, and also sky, and also sea.Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and also mighty!God in three persons, blessed trinity!Source: Voices with each other #76
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Author: Reginald Heber

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Reginald Heber to be born in 1783 into a wealthy, educated family. He was a bright youth, translating a Latin standard into English verse by the time he was seven, beginning Oxford at 17, and also winning two awards for his poetry throughout his time there. After his graduation he ended up being rector that his father"s church in the town of Hodnet near Shrewsbury in the west the England where he stayed for 16 years. He to be appointed Bishop that Calcutta in 1823 and also worked tirelessly for 3 years till the weather and also travel take it its toll fee on his health and also he died of a stroke. Most of his 57 hymns, which incorporate "Holy, Holy, Holy," space still in use today. -- Greg Scheer, 1995…Go to person page >
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bible References:st.1 = Isa. 6:3, Rev. 4:8st.2= Isa. 6:2-3, Rev. 4:6-10st.3= Isa. 6:3-4, Rev. 4:11, Rev. 15:4st.4= Rev. 4:8, Rev. 5:13

Using reverent and also apocalyptic language, "Holy, Holy, Holy!" alludes come Revelation 4:6-11; 5:13; 15:2-4; and Isaiah 6:1-3 to song the great majesty of the triune God. Note the cosmic limit of the text: humans (st. 1), saints and also angels in glory (st. 2), and also all creation (st. 4) praise the name of the Lord! though God"s holiness, love, and purity room cloaked in mystery, we deserve to still experience God"s mercy and also mighty power, and also we can participate in praising God. The text is trinitarian in theme, yet not in structure.

Reginald Heber (b. Malpas, Cheshire, England, 1783; d. Trichinopoly, India, 1826) created the message for Trinity Sunday, the day for which lectionary in the Church the England"s Book of usual Prayer prescribes the reading of Revelation 4. It was an initial published in the 3rd edition (1826) the A choice of Psalms and Hymns for the Parish Church the Banbury and also was likewise published posthumously in Heber"s Hymns created and adapted to the Weekly Church services of the Year (1827). The unusual solitary rhyme (all ~ above the "ee" sound) and the uneven variety of syllables in some lines have actually not detracted native the hymn"s popularity.

Educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, Heber to be ordained in the Church the England in 1807. He an initial served his family"s parish in Hodnet, Shropshire (1807-1823), and also in 1823 his dream of gift a missionary to be fulfilled once he to be appointed bishop of Calcutta. He worked and traveled ceaselessly until his sudden fatality in 1826. Heber began writing hymns partly since of his dissatisfaction through the bad psalm singing in his congregation and also partly because he was influenced by the an important hymn singing amongst Methodists and Baptists. He wrote hymns when in Hodnet and also expressed a desire come compile a hymnbook through its contents appropriate to the church year. His fifty-seven hymn texts were released posthumously by his wife in Hymns created and adapted to the Weekly Church solutions of the Year (1827), a hymnbook that started a tradition of arranging the contents of hymn collections according to the church year.

Liturgical Use:Beginning of worship; worship solutions emphasizing the Trinity.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty. Bishop R. Heber. <Holy Trinity.> first published in his posthumous Hymns, &c, 1827, p. 84, in 4 stanzas the 4 lines, and also appointed for Trinity Sunday. It was soon adopted by hymn-book compilers, and is the ideal known and also most widely used of the author"s hymns. That is a splendid metrical paraphrase of Rev. Iv. 8-11, heat 2 of stanza i., "Early in the morning our song shall climb to Thee," has actually been based on several transforms to adapt the singing to any type of hour of the day. Several of these alterations are:—1. "Gratefully adoring our song,” &c. Leeds chant Book, 1853.2. "Morning and also evening our song," &c. Kennedy, 1863.3. "Holy, holy, holy, ours song,” &c. sirhenryjones-museums.org, 1872.4. “Morning, noon, and night, our song," &c.The many popular adjust is the very first of these. The bulk of hymn-books, however, retain the original reading. Although a one-of-a-kind hymn for Trinity Sunday, it is sometimes appointed as a morning hymn, as in the society for promoting Christian expertise Church Hymns, 1871.

--John Julian, Dictionary that Hymnology (1907)

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Holy, holy, holy, mr God Almighty, p. 530, ii. The faster printed form of this hymn well-known to united state is in A choice of Psalms and also Hymns for the Parish Church that Banbury, third ed., 1825.

--John Julian, Dictionary the Hymnology, brand-new Supplement (1907)


In 325 AD, Church leader convened in the town of Nicaea in Bithynia to formulate a consensus of belief and also practice among Christians. What resulted was the Nicene Creed, a record passed on through the periods as among the pillars of church doctrine. The primary function of this creed was to create a firm id in the Trinity, against the heresy of Arius, who thought that Jesus was not completely divine. It to be this creed that motivated Reginald Heber to compose this an excellent hymn of prayer to the Triune God, with the will that the hymn be sung prior to or after ~ the creed was recited in a service, and also on Trinity Sunday – eight weeks after Easter. The tune, created by john B. Dykes for Heber’s text, is also titled NICAEA in acknowledgment of Heber’s text. The indigenous evoke a feeling of awe at the majesty the God, and also call on every one of creation – humans, saints and angels, and all living things – to worship the Godhead three-in-one.


Text:

It is uncommon once researching hymns to find one had in just about every hymnal, with practically universally comparable text. And yet this is the case with Reginald Heber’s greatest hymn, “Holy! Holy! Holy!” published in 1826. The few variations are discovered in version sung by non-trinitarian churches – the Mormon Tabernacle Choir changed the words, “God in 3 Persons, blessed Trinity” come “God in His glory, blessed Deity!” – yet these alterations are couple of and far between. The only other changes make the language more gender inclusive: "though the eye of sinful man" alters to "though the eye made blind by sin."

Tune:

It is likewise very complicated to find a version of the hymn that is not sung to the most renowned of john B. Dykes’ tunes, NICAEA, created to companion Heber’s message in 1861, and also named after the board of directors which very first established the theory of the Trinity in 325 AD. Practically every hymnal consists of the track in the crucial of D. A few notes about instrumentation: to emphasize the confessional nature that the 3rd stanza, bring down the volume a bit. Also, watch out for the last note of the third phrase! Too frequently we repeat the an initial phrase, which jumps from an A to an F# in ~ the end. But the third phrase is purposefully different, holding out on the A. Make sure to really emphasize that difference.

There are a few different layouts to i m sorry the tune can be adapted:Steven Curtis Chapman’s contemporary, guitar-driven version v an initial refrainSufjan Stevens’quieter, much more reflective version led through pianoKing’s university Choir’s timeless version with choir and also organ

When/Why/How:

Heber created the hymn specifically for Trinity Sunday, which occurs eight weeks after ~ Easter, to be sung prior to or ~ the Nicene Creed is recited. Yet it additionally functions together a singing of prayer that could be provided at any point in a business throughout the liturgical year. The can also be supplied as a processional chant in Communion services. There room a multitude of songs that might be sung with this chant – Michael W. Smith’s “Agnus Dei,” kris Tomlin’s “Holy is the Lord,” or the good hymn “All Creatures of our God and also King” are simply some examples.

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