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Almighty God of boundless love

Nikolaus
"St. Nikolaus"
Magdalenen-Altar, Predella, 1496
Holy card, Germany
St Nicholas Center Collection

Almighty God of boundless love,
We plead before thy throne above,
Thy heavenly purpose we may know,
And truly serve thy cause below.

Confessor of thy Son who died
Is Nicholas, our saintly guide,
Whose feast with double joy is filled,
If hearts be with thy grace instilled.

His golden gifts bring to the fore
In each of us a wondrous awe,
That yet new mercies we believe
His supplication shall achieve.

Then grant, 0 Lord, that e'er may we,
Who place our hope and trust in thee,
Show for our kinsfolk love combined
With right concern for all mankind!

To God the Father, God the Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One,
All honour, praise and glory be
From age to age eternally. Amen.


Text: P. A. Sutherland, b. 1943
Tune: WAREHAM LM


Musical notation PDF

Original version written for the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks in London, England.

Last verse adapted from The English Hymnal and reproduced by kind permission of Oxford University Press.

From Hymns in Honour of Certain Saints: under whose Blessed Patronage some Fraternal Bodies exist, words composed by Paul Sutherland, published by Paul Sutherland at "Risegate," The Crescent, Hadley Common, Barnet, Herts. EN5 5QQ. There is no objection to free use being made of this hymn, provided that the permission of Oxford University Press is acknowledged. Reproduced on the web by permission.

Mp3 file courtesy of Jennifer Wolfe and the Hope College Music Department.
Audio player from 1pixelout, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

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