Singing through the Year: Holy, Holy, Holy!

We celebrate the Trinity this coming Sunday! Since the Trinity was fully revealed to the Church on Pentecost, the Sunday after Pentecost eventually became specially set apart to honor the Trinity in Western churches. (In Eastern Orthodox churches, Pentecost is itself Trinity Sunday).

“Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!” is a well-known hymn that praises the Trinity. There are so many wonderful settings of the hymn, but as a starter, here is a solo piano version,¬†an acoustic singer-songwriter version, and a choral version. I hope you enjoy them!

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!

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, blessed 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,
who wert and art and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye made blind by sin 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, blessed Trinity!

Singing through the Year¬†features a hymn related to next Sunday’s lectionary readings. Each hymn will be sung at the Presbyterian church where I am the organist.