Mighty God, we humbly pray

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1 Mighty God, we humbly pray,
let your pow'r now lead the way
that in all things we may show
that we in your likeness grow.

2 Grant by guidance from above
that obedience, faith, and love
show our hearts to you are giv'n,
that our treasure is in heav'n.

3 May it in our walk be seen
that we have with Jesus been,
that as king o’er us he reigns
and unrivaled pow'r maintains.

4 That shall we in ev'ry state
soul and body dedicate
unto him who for us died,
till with him we’re glorified.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #586

Author (st. 1): St. Ambrose

Ambrosius (St. Ambrose), second son and third child of Ambrosius, Prefect of the Gauls, was born at Lyons, Aries, or Treves--probably the last--in 340 A.D. On the death of his father in 353 his mother removed to Rome with her three children. Ambrose went through the usual course of education, attaining considerable proficiency in Greek; and then entered the profession which his elder brother Satyrus had chosen, that of the law. In this he so distinguished himself that, after practising in the court of Probus, the Praetorian Prefect of Italy, he was, in 374, appointed Consular of Liguria and Aemilia. This office necessitated his residence in Milan. Not many months after, Auxentius, bishop of Milan, who had joined the Arian party, died; and m… Go to person page >

Translator (st. 1): JJohann Christian Jacobi

Jacobi, John Christian, a native of Germany, was born in 1670, and appointed Keeper of the Royal German Chapel, St. James's Palace, London, about 1708. He held that post for 42 years, and died Dec. 14, 1750. He was buried in the Church of St. Paul's, Covent Garden. His publications included :— (1) A Collection of Divine Hymns, Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes and Thorough Bass. London: Printed and Sold by J. Young, in St. Paul’s Churchyard; . . . 1720. This edition contains 15 hymns. Two years later this collection, with a few changes in the text and much enlarged, was republished as (2) Psalmodia Germanica; or a Specimen of Divine Hymns. Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Mighty God, we humbly pray
Latin Title: Veni, Redemptor gentium
Author (st. 1): St. Ambrose
Translator (st. 1): JJohann Christian Jacobi
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




NUN KOMM DER HEIDEN HEILAND is a chorale derived from a chant. Among the simplest of the Lutheran repertoire, it is framed by identical lines–l and 4. Sing the entire hymn with antiphonal groups (the practice its original Latin author, Ambrose, strongly promoted). Sing some stanzas in unison and o…

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