Year B – Proper 26 – We All Believe in One True God

The marvelous hymn, We All Believe in One True God, by Martin Luther is based on the Nicene Creed. It seems to of been compiled around 1524 in Wittenberg Germany. The Lutheran Reformation held on to many of the traditional elements of liturgy, such as the use of Creeds and weekly Eucharist. Yet what Luther added to the previous liturgy of the Mass was hymns and the robasinging of the people God, which was quite minimal prior to this. So in this case we have a robust and beautiful hymn that reflects a traditional part of the liturgy and is set to a wonderful harmony. The Cantus’s version of the harmony is especially good.

We all believe in one true God,
Who created earth and Heaven,
The Father, who to us in love
Hath the right of children given.
He both soul and body feedeth,
All we need He doth provide us;
He thro’ snares and perils leadeth,
Watching that no harm betide us.
He careth for us day and night,
All things are governed by His might.

We all believe in Jesus Christ,
His own Son, our Lord, possessing
An equal Godhead, throne, and might,
Source of every grace and blessing.
Born of Mary, virgin mother,
By the power of the Spirit,
Made true man, our elder Brother,
That the lost might life inherit.
Was crucified for sinful men
And raised by God to life again.

We all confess the Holy Ghost,
Who sweet grace and comfort giveth
And with the Father and the Son
In eternal glory liveth;
Who the Church, His own creation,
Keeps in unity of Spirit.
Here forgiveness and salvation
Daily come thro’ Jesus’ merit.
All flesh shall rise, and we shall be
In bliss with God eternally.

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