09 May 2017

A Scriptural Hymn of Praise [Anglican Patrimony]


oly, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art and wast and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power and hast reigned. Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy Name? For thou only art holy; for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy righteous acts have been made manifest.

Now unto him that hath loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.

Blessing and honour and glory and power be unto him that sitteth upon the throne and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Amen.

from the Anglican Patrimony

The arrangement above of verses from the Holy Bible is found in several small editions of Anglican prayers meant to supplement the use of The Book of Common Prayer.  I have found this arrangement in  wee prayer books from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the USA, and also in an Easter Week pamphlet from Barbados.  I believe this establishes a certain universality of this arrangement of scriptures. In some of the books the text is pointed for the singing of Anglican chant.  Whether spoken or sung it is a most marvelous way to praise the Lord especially at   Noontide when it is indicated in a few of the books. Such a scriptural canticle to God is worthy of being prayed by all.