Of the Father’s love begotten

Divinum Mysterium (Plainsong 12th-13th century)

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Of the Father’s love begotten
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega,
He the source, the ending He,
Of all things that are and have been,
And that future years shall see,
Evermore and evermore.

By His word was all created;
He commanded, it was done:
heav’n and earth and depth of ocean,
universe of three in one,
all that grows beneath the shining
of the light of moon and sun:
Evermore and evermore.


Blessed was that day for ever
when the virgin, full of grace,
by the Holy Ghost conceiving,
bore the Saviour of our race,
and the child, the world’s Redeemer.
first revealed His sacred face:
Evermore and evermore.

Glory be to God the Father,
glory be to God the Son,
glory to the Holy Spirit,
persons three, yet Godhead one.
Glory be from all creation
while eternal ages run:
Evermore and evermore.

Prudentius, tr. J.M.Neale, H.W.Baker

Added: 29 December 2021 for Christmas I

Organ: Little Waldingfield