Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty

This hymn is one of my absolute favorites. It is sung to the hymn tune Nicaea, and is one of the most classic hymns ever written. It never gets old, and still sends shivers down my spine when it brings to mind the absolute awesomeness that is God: Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.

The first version here is a traditional version, sung by the choir of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland (from the album Famous Hymns of Praise).

The second version is a modern interpretation of this classic hymn by Sufjan Stevens, one of my favorite artists (from the album Songs for Christmas).

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity.

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

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity.

Words: Reginald Heber (1783-1826)
Tune: Nicaea by John Bacchus Dykes (1823-1876)

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