Our Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth

Versifier: Henry J. de Jong

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First Line: Our Father, Lord of heaven and earth
Title: Our Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth
Versifier: Henry J. de Jong (1982)
Language: English
Copyright: © 1987, CRC Publications


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Matt. 6:9-11
st. 2 = Matt. 6:12-13

The second of three settings based on the Lord's Prayer (see 207 and 562), "Our Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth" is a concise and yet rhymed metrical two-stanza versification of Matthew 6:9¬-13. Henry J. de Jong (b. Sarnia, ON, Canada, 1956) prepared the versification in 1982; it was first sung at First Christian Reformed Church, Toronto, Ontario. De Jong studied harpsichord and voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto; church music at the Sweelinck Conservatory, Amsterdam; and aesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto. He worked in layout and design at the Knight Publishing Company in St. Catharines, Ontario. Since 1985 he has been a partner in a computer services company.

Liturgical Use:
Traditional as a corporate conclusion to spoken prayers; as part of special liturgies or services. De Jong suggests also singing this setting in homes as a table grace.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



Martin Luther's versification of the Lord's Prayer was set to this tune in Valentin Schumann's hymnal, Geistliche Lieder (1539); the tune, whose composer remains unknown, had some earlier use. The tune name derives from Luther's German incipit: “Vater unser im Himmelreich….” Because VATER UNSE…

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The original chant melody associated with this text [i.e., "Eternal Father, strong to save"] is found in most hymnals of denominations where chant has played a role, including the Lutheran tradition, which has produced much organ music on this well-known chant. The setting here is by John B. Dykes (…

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