Daily Archives: April 16, 2012

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12

Epiphanycomes from a Greek word meaning “manifestation,” and it’s an important date on the Christian calendar. It speaks of God’s manifestation of Christ to the world, either at His presentation to Magi or at His baptism.

As early as the third century, January 6 was celebrated in the Easter church to commemorate Christ’s baptism. In the fourth century, the Western church began celebrating Epiphany to commemorate the day of the Magi’s visit. In the fifth century, Aurelius Prudentius gave the world this Latin hymn, “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” which is often used on Epiphany. Sun to the medieval tun “Divinum Mysterium,” it’s one of Christianity’s most hauntingly beautiful hymns of wonder.

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

O ye heights of heaven adore Him; angel hosts, His praises sing;
Power , Dominions, bow before Him, and extol our God and King;
Let no tongue on earth be silent, every voice in concert ring,
Evermore and evermore!

Christ, to Thee with God the Father, and, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving, and unwearied praises be:
Honor, glory ,and dominion, and eternal victory,
Evermore and evermore!