361. Only begotten, Word of God eternal

1 Only-begotten, Word of God eternal,
Lord of Creation, merciful and mighty,
hear now thy servants when their joyful voices
rise to thy presence.

2 This is thy temple; here thy presence chamber;
here may thy servants, at the mystic banquet,
humbly adoring, take thy Body broken,
drink of thy chalice.

3 Here in our sickness healing grace aboundeth,
light in our blindness, in our toil refreshment:
sin is forgiven, hope o'er fear prevaileth,
joy over sorrow.

4 Hallowed this dwelling where the Lord abideth,
this is none other than the gate of heaven;
strangers and pilgrims, seeking homes eternal,
pass through its portals.

5 Lord, we beseech thee, as we throng thy temple,
by thy past blessings, by thy present bounty,
favor thy children, and with tender mercy
hear our petitions.

6 God in three Persons, Father everlasting,
Son co-eternal, ever-blessèd Spirit,
thine be the glory, praise and adoration,
now and for ever.

Text Information
First Line: Only begotten, Word of God eternal
Original Language: Latin
Translator: Maxwell Julius Blacker, 1822-1888
Meter: 11 11. 11 5
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Topic: Consecration of a Church
Source: Latin, ca. 9th cent.
Tune Information
Meter: 11 11. 11 5
Key: C Major
Source: Plainsong, mode 1; Schola Antiqua, 1983 (ver.)
Copyright: Rhythmic version © 1984, Schola Antiqua Inc. Used by permission.
Notes: Schola Antiqua is Latin for "Old School" or "Ancient School"

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