Affirm anew the three-fold name
Affirm anew the three-fold name. Timothy Dudley-Smith* (1926- ). Built upon its four imperatives of ‘Affirm…Declare…Confirm…Renew…’, this hymn of Christian dedication and renewal was written for the 1998 Lambeth Conference of worldwide Anglican bishops (see Lambeth Praise*). The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for this event wrote well in advance to Dudley-Smith outlining the conference’s four main themes; a small selection of hymns was to be used including some new texts. Dudley-Smith wrote it at home at Ford near Salisbury in September 1996, and the words appeared first in the Church of England Newspaper 18 months later, on 6 March 1998 — the year of the Conference. They were duly...
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