Text Based On Acts Chapter 7 (KJV)
This is he, that was in the church
in the wilderness with the angel which
spake to him in the mount Sina, and
with our fathers: who received the
lively oracles to give unto us:
Words: Samuel Longfellow: 1819-1892
Music: Ralph Courteville: 1697-1772
St. James (C.M.) v4/Ab
ONE HOLY CHURCH OF GOD
One holy Church of God appears
Through every age and race,
Unwasted by the lapse of years,
Unchanged by changing place.
From oldest time, on farthest shores,
Beneath the pine or palm,
One unseen Presence she adores,
With silence, or with psalm.
The truth is her prophetic gift,
The soul her sacred page;
And feet on mercy’s errands swift
Do make her pilgrimage.
O living Church, thine errand speed,
Fulfill thy task sublime;
With Bread of life earth’s hungers feed;
Redeem the evil time!